Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2004:
Very bold, grassy nose
Citrus and apple layers on the palate
Crisp, acidic finish
Of the readily available Sauvignon Blanc's from New Zealand, this has become my favorite. At jsut $9, it's a great deal because it has real character. The bold, grassy flavors are outstanding and refreshing. This grassy character is typical of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but you really have to like it to enjoy this wine. Normally I am skeptical of wines with cute animal labels but this one gets a pass. Actually, if you look closely, the monkey is a little frightening and not at all cute. Of course, it's the contents of the bottle that counts. Raise a glass!