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Executive editor Thomas Matthews joined Wine Spectator in 1988. His tasting beat is Spain.
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A California White for Summer’s End

Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County Reserve 2007

Thomas Matthews
Posted: September 11, 2009

This Labor Day weekend was beautiful in Brooklyn, but the evenings turned a bit cool, and I felt a touch of autumn in the air as I grilled some Greenmarket tuna. We served it with our quintessential summer sauce, a salsa verde made with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, anchovies and fresh herbs from our garden, and retreated inside to enjoy the meal and regret the end of the season.

The meaty tuna and the bright, herbal sauce made a refreshing counterpoint, and paired beautifully with a full-bodied Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc. A Loire Valley version might have been too lean; a New Zealand bottling too light. This 2007 Sonoma County blend showed good body, crisp acidity and a firm mineral note; it wasn't showy, but balanced and refreshing. I paid $18 and rated it 88 points, non-blind.

WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County Reserve 2007 (87, $20).

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