Brancott Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is every bit as consistent as the Kim Crawford recommended Wednesday, yet sells for, on average, about $3 to $4 a bottle less. And though the $9.99-a-bottle sale price on Kim Crawford at Schneider’s of Capitol Hill is a steal for a wine that typically sells for about $15 to $18, Brancott can be found for as little as $7.99 or $8.99 in the District, Maryland and Virginia.
The 2011 vintage, which earned 88 points from Wine Spectator and was named Best Sauvignon Blanc at the Critics Challenge International Wine Competition 2012, is on sale for $7.99 at Magruder’s on Connecticut Ave., NW, near the Maryland border. The 2010 vintage that earned 88 points from both Spectator and Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar is also on sale for $7.99 at Calvert Woodley. You could find the 2010 or 2011 at Total Wine stores throughout Virginia or their sister stores in Maryland, Corridor Wine & Spirits in Laurel, and Beltway Fine Winein Towson for $8.99 a bottle.
“I love the grassy, leafy-herb notes in this wine, which is not at all lean and angular,” wrote Linda Murphy, a judge in the Critics Challenge International Wine Competition. “There is a fullness to the midpalate and a complexity of the long finish that lifts it above the rest of the flight.”
“Grassy gooseberry nose. Bright, crisp, fresh, quite concentrated, lively, classic Sauvignon, with no vegetal tones,”describes fellow judge, Stephen Brook. “Delicious, both ripe and refreshing.”
“Very pale yellow. Restrained citrus aromas nicely lifted by pepper and herbs,” wrote Stephen Tanzer, of the 2010 vintage in the Sep/Oct 11 issue of his International Wine Cellar. “Not especially nuanced but juicy and fairly intense, with bright acidity framing and extending the soft citrus and pepper flavors.”
Find this wine online or at a wine shop near you nationwide.
Maybe not for $8 or $9 a bottle, but Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc is widely available all over town for $12 to $14, still about $3 to $4 less than what most wine shops get for Kim Crawford. If you’re looking to stock up on a crisp, refreshing New Zealand sauvignon blanc to get you through the sticky, Washington summer, you could do a lot worse and spend a lot more.
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