2006 Bernardus Monterey County Sauvignon Blanc ($15)
One of the best producers in California’s Carmel Valley, Bernardus makes top-quality reds (its flagship Marinus Cabernet blend is well worth tracking down) along with this tart, lively Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a svelte white with the scent of fresh-cut grass.
2006 Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc ($12)
Sonoma County’s Geyser Peak has made a specialty of Sauvignon Blanc, and that focus pays off here in this lively white’s ripe grapefruit and citrus-zest notes.
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2006 The Brander Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($15)
Fred Brander has been specializing in Sauvignon Blanc for three decades, making him one of the pioneering winemakers in California’s Santa Ynez Valley. Brander makes several terrific higher-end Sauvignon Blanc cuvées, but this spicy basic bottling—to which he adds a portion of Pinot Blanc and Riesling for complexity—gives a fine idea of his style.