Last night, with a meaty smoked salmon and dill cucumber salad, I had a Palliser Estate/Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2001. From New Zealand. Got it for around 14 bucks at Famous Liquors in Forest Park (7533 W. Roosevelt Road). It was outstanding -- I'm headed out this afternoon to buy a case.
With age, as the taste buds shrivel, I require a more full-bodied wine, and so Ive tended toward the reds but in summer, sitting on the veranda as the cicadae hum and humidity hugs, red seems wrong. Unfortunatly, many whites, to me, turn out to be vapid, their flavor diminishing after the first few sips. The Palliser Sauvignon Blanc, however, has full and lasting flavor, and an exquisite explosion of fruit grapefruit, specifically. This wine is dry and tart, with a clean finish and a lingering nose that satisfies with subtlety. Yet for all its flavor, its light on the tongue, with a peach-toned glow just right for June through August.
Its what Im drinking this summer.
Attached is a link to the Palliser website (they have wine prices at this site, and this bottle is available outside the US, directly from the vintner, for $20 more than it costs at Famous).