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Senior editor James Laube, Wine Spectator's expert on the wines of California, joined the magazine in 1983.
James Laube

A Distinctive $15 New Zealand White

Starborough Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008

James Laube
Posted: April 10, 2009

I love Kiwi Sauvignons. The best are refreshingly crisp and flinty, with zesty acidity. And the wines often provide good value.

This just-released Starborough bottling is also distinctive for its depth and beam of lime-infused green pear and apple flavors, ending with a mouth-cleansing floral, honeysuckle aftertaste. It drinks well on its own and is great for light or grilled seafood and cheese courses. It even tasted good with a salad topped with walnuts and apple. I rated it 89 points, non-blind. It retails at a great price, $15, and with 125,000 cases made, it shouldn't be hard to find.

Being from California, where harvest wrapped up a few months ago, I had to think twice about the vintage year before I processed the fact that this is from the Southern Hemisphere.

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