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2019 Villa Maria "Taylors Pass" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough SKU #1500611

Price: $19.99

BC 95 DC 95 SK 95
RP 91
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13.0 Abv

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  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    Taylor’s Pass is one of the best Sauvignon Blancs, made by one of the best producers, from one of the best vineyards in all of New Zealand. Villa Mariadates back to 1962--long before the Sauvignon Blanc boom of the early 80’s. But throughout Marlborough’s transformation to a globally recognized wine powerhouse, Villa Maria has continued to produce exceptional wines across a variety of price points and earned its title as New Zealand’s “most -awarded winery”. The Taylor’s Pass is the highest level Sauvignon Blanc they produce, named for the road the cuts through the Wither Hills of Marlborough, connecting the Wairau Valley to the north with the Awatere Valley to south. The vineyard’s juxtaposition, laid out across a sequence of terraces overlooking the Awatere River, is ground-zero for the best vine real estate in the Awatere Valley. The results of which are totally apparent in the glass: there is no mistaking this for a your average Kim Crawford. Instead, this wine shows an almost decadent level of richness. This is not elegant, austere Sauvignon Blanc, it’s hedonistic Sauvignon Blanc with the flavors turned up to 11. Tropical driven aromas of preserved pineapple, guava, and with apricot and stone fruit shine above a creamy, full weighted texture. Lush and rich on the palate this is viscous and weighted. There’s not an ounce of greenness on this, the tropical and stone fruit flavors fully dominate the palate. Just having this in my glass has me wishing for a pan roasted Mahi Mahi and with spicy mango salsa. Pairing it with this wine would be an absolute knockout.
  • Jennifer Lee
    By: Jennifer Lee
    K&L Staff Member
    Clean, long easy finish that has supple, refreshing flavors. I get honey, green apple, melon, honeycomb and nectarine flavors from this light and easy to drink Sauvignon Blanc. Really it's everything you expect and want from a SB. Buy, drink and enjoy!
  • Chris DePaoli
    By: Chris DePaoli
    K&L Staff Member
    NZ does SB, that's just how it is. Excellent example of what New Zealand can deliver with its trademark white grape. Screaming acidity, soft textural nuance, and full throttle flavor that develops at pace create a wonderful chemistry for a bottle at this price point. Lemon and lime and passion fruit and white stone and grassy tones crash into a long finish that plays out every combo before it's bow. Killer Juice.


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