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Wine of the week: 2011 Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

The 2011 Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (about $15 at big box stores) is a frisky, racy white from good old New Zealand, which, for our money, is the world leader these days in this varietal.

This one starts off with a big punch of gooseberry and grapefruit on the nose, exciting the palate deliciously at first whiff. On the tongue, it dishes up a tangy fruit salad of grapefruit, lemon and lime scented with jasmine and green papaya. It softens a bit through mid palate with a judicious touch of ripe melon. The long supple finish is clean but soft, making it a very fine food wine as well as a cool solo sipper or aperitif.

Pair it with a classic buttery lobster roll, a grouper sandwich or a Florida Cobb salad with fresh mango.

By Colette and John Bancroft. She is the Times' book editor, and he is a freelance writer specializing in food, wine and travel. For an index and archive of reviews, go to pictograph.com.

Wine of the week: 2011 Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 08/21/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 4:30am]
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