Freemark Abbey, Napa Valley (California) Sauvignon Blanc 2016

($25): Who knew that Freemark Abbey made excellent Sauvignon Blanc?  Of course, they are an iconic producer of Cabernet Sauvignon and some incredibly lush sweet wines.  It’s crisp and laser-like, with a snappy bite that is not aggressive.  Plenty of body and depth balances its knife-like cutting edginess.  It has none of the tropical fruit-like over ripeness that can plaque so many Sauvignon Blanc from Napa.  Try it this summer before it fades with grilled fish, shellfish, or frankly, anything.
91 Michael Apstein May 23, 2017