Kim Crawford, from New Zealand's famed Marlborough wine-making region, is among the most popular and consistently good examples of why New Zealand has become synonymous with sauvignon blanc, a white wine that goes so refreshingly well with the hot, sticky dog days of summer in Washington. The New Zealand style, with its characteristically bracing grapefruit and grassy aromas and flavors, cuts through the humidity more sharply than the more restrained, mineral-tinged sauvignon blancs from the grape’s native home in France.
But the sale on the 2011 vintage of Kim Crawford atSchneider’s of Capital Hill is too good to pass up. The wine is so monotonously good, that Wine Advocate hasn’t bothered to review it since the 2008 vintage. It earned 90 to 92 points from Wine Spectator for five consecutive years from 2004 through 2008, the vintage that was named No. 40 and the magazine’s Top 100 Wines of 2008. It has earned 88 or 89 points in every vintage since.
The 88-point 2011 is, “Really tangy, with Key lime pie, honeydew melon, passion fruit and green tea notes,”MaryAnn Worobiec wrote in the June 15 issue of Wine Spectator. “Great juicy finish.”
She tassted the wine twice, with consistent notes, and advises drinking it now.
At $9.99 a bottle – and that’s not a misprint this time – we advise buying this wine by the case. With today’s official start of summer – 7:09 pm (EDT) here in the Northern Hemisphere, to be exact – this is a wine you’ll want on hand for the next three months or so.
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