Duckhorn, Napa Valley (California) Sauvignon Blanc 2016

($30):  Though Duckhorn Vineyards may be known, rightly so, for their Merlot-based wines, they also make a strikingly good Sauvignon Blanc.  Their 2016 marries fruitiness and pungency without the former being tropical or overblown and without the latter being shrill.  A suave creaminess likely comes from a touch of Semillon in the blend and the judicious use of oak.  Balanced is the word that springs to mind. 90 Michael Apstein Oct 24, 2017