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Drink of the week: Joel Gott 2014 California Sauvignon Blanc a friendly summer refresher

Drink of the week: Joel Gott 2014 California Sauvignon Blanc

Drink of the week: Joel Gott 2014 California Sauvignon Blanc

Whatever the calendar might say, the thermometer tells us it's summer here in Florida. And that means it's time for a cool, refreshing white wine.

My summertime go-to has long been sauvignon blanc, with its bright fruit flavors and crisp finish. I'm a fan of the New Zealand sauvignon blancs, but their sometimes aggressive grapefruit-gooseberry aroma (sometimes described as cat pee) and astringent flavors are not for everyone.

California sauv blancs tend to be a bit more laid back and welcoming, and the 2014 Joel Gott California Sauvignon Blanc is a sterling example of a fresh, friendly summer white.

Made from 100 percent sauvignon blanc grapes from vineyards in Monterey, Napa and Lake County, Calif., it's fermented in stainless steel tanks, in part on the lees, producing a balanced wine.

The aroma evokes ripe peach and a whiff of citrus, both of which follow through on the tongue. The stone fruit flavor combines with pineapple, lime and tangerine for a lively, lush mouthful with just a hint of acidity. The citrus really kicks in at the finish for a clean, cool effect.

This wine, widely available at supermarkets and wine shops for about $14, would stand on its own as a great party or poolside sip. It's also a natural for any kind of chilled seafood: raw oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, sushi or ceviche.

Colette Bancroft, Times staff writer

Drink of the week: Joel Gott 2014 California Sauvignon Blanc a friendly summer refresher 05/09/16 [Last modified: Monday, May 9, 2016 1:54pm]
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