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Senior editor MaryAnn Worobiec has been with Wine Spectator since 1997. She tastes New Zealand wines and California Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc and "other" whites.
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A Little Help from a Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc for My Friends

Yealands Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2008

MaryAnn Worobiec
Posted: November 30, 2009

Midway through a raucous session of Beatles Rock Band with some friends, I was parched. Everyone still had something in their glass but me, so I went into the kitchen and cracked open an ice-cold bottle of Yealands Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2008 ($12). All my wineglasses were already dirty from the wines we had sampled during dinner, so I just grabbed a small juice glass and gave myself a pour.

My friends were curious to know what I was drinking, so I passed my glass around. The fragrant, mouthwatering grapefruit and citrus flavors were so refreshing and really hit the spot. I gave the wine 89 points, non-blind. It was no surprise I was ordered back into the kitchen to bring out three more juice glasses, and the rest of the bottle.

It ended up being a productive night; not only did I nail the vocals on “Come Together,” I turned my friends on to the wonders of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

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Scott Burum
ID —  December 1, 2009 11:46pm ET
I am loving the Yealands "Sea View Vineyard". Just put it on my wine list.
Jack Stoakes
Colorado —  December 3, 2009 1:28am ET
How did you come to the score "89 points, non-blind?"
Maryann Worobiec
Napa, CA —  December 3, 2009 1:22pm ET
Jack, assessing a wine and a wine and deciding on a score is the same process for me whether it's in a formal blind tasting or not. I want to be clear this was not a formal review, hence the "non-blind" disclaimer. The formal review--done in a blind tasting by my colleague Harvey Steiman--is in the pipeline and will be published shortly.

As to why I like the wine as much as I did, as I mention I found it mouthwatering, refreshing and fragrant, with citrus and grapefruit flavors. To add to that, it was very focused, clean and vibrant--exactly what I love about New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs.

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