Shooting Star, Lake County (California) Sauvignon Blanc 2016

($14): Renowned California winemaker Jed Steele is behind the Shooting Star.  Steele buys grapes and wines from others, blends, ages and bottles them under this label.  His talents at blending shine in this well-priced Sauvignon Blanc.  It’s a nicely balanced compromise combining the lively bite of Sauvignon Blanc with the barest hint of fleshiness, which tames the potentially aggressive nature of the grape.   Many Sauvignon Blanc at this price are tropical and flabby.  Not this one.  It has verve and life.  It’s an outstanding buy.
88 Michael Apstein May 23, 2017