Wine Of The Week

WINE OF THE WEEK

September 08, 2004|By Michael Dresser

2002 Dog Point Vineyard Section 94, Marlborough ($18). New Zealand sauvignon blancs can be an acquired taste, but thanks to the winemaker's decision to use barrel fermentation, this one may be more accessible than most. It's a dry wine that could have been severe except for its tremendous fruitiness, which gives the impression of sugar without significant residual sugar. But don't be fooled; this puppy still has plenty of bite. Its penetrating, crystalline flavors include gooseberry, lime, grapefruit, lemon grass and herbs. I'd love to try this with a Vietnamese seafood soup.

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