We have ordered this week's wine often in restaurants but for some weird reason have never before picked up a bottle to bring home. How silly of us! The 2011 St. Supéry Estate Sauvignon Blanc (about $19 at wine savvy markets and wine shops) is a terrific food wine as well as a fine sundowner.
The 2011, made from grapes harvested from the winery's Napa Valley estate, benefited from a fairly cool and long growing season, producing an intensely aromatic and robust white suitable for pairing with any seafood you can think of, as well as with grilled or roasted white meats and lightly sauced pasta dishes like cheese-stuffed ravioli in sage brown butter.
Overall, this sauv blanc is lush but clean with lots of bright fruit, especially citrus, and a snappy finish. The nose is redolent of grapefruit with a hint of lime and a light floral accent reminiscent of orange blossom. Luscious grapefruit opens a fruit-forward, mouth-filling burst on the tongue, its exuberance modulated by mellow cantaloupe and a smidge of honey at mid-palate and spiced with a light lemon fragrance. It finishes as it began, big and crisp and joyous.
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.