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Insane Value: A 91-Point Marlborough Sauv Blanc for Under 11 Bucks! - 01/08/2018 - New Zealand

The 91 point 2016 Ribbonwood Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough is a wine that checks all the boxes. Value, Quality, Pedigree. Deliciousness. You name it, it has it all. When we poured this sub-$11 beauty for our staff, we were all blown-away by the quality you get for the price. This is a serious bottle of Sauvignon Blanc that delivers everything you’d expect (and more) from a heralded region like Marlborough. Packed with vim and vigor, it is bright, fresh, and lively and with a distinct mineral component that lifts the whole package to an even higher level. Ribbonwood is the second label of Framingham, one of the most respected producers in the region. Given this 2016 offering, we expect many more great things from this terrific estate. By being fruit driven, and not overly herbaceous, it’s a perfect pick to sip on its own, but also has the body and structure to pair with a wide array of dishes. While it’s impossible to know what other surprises 2018 will bring, we’re already convinced the Ribbonwood Sauvignon Blanc is in the running for the top wine value of the year. A profile like this is usually reserved for wines two to three times the price. We can’t stress enough, this a white you’ll want to stock up on and enjoy throughout the year.

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2016 Ribbonwood (Framingham) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough (Elsewhere $15+) ($10.99)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "With juicy lime and orange flavors tightened up by a tense, mineral acidity, this feels both round and structured. Its a delicious match for a salad of poached salmon and citrus."

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 06, 2018

Any fans of the Framingham wines should stock up on these beauties at an everyday price for a Sauvignon Blanc that's a definite crowd-pleaser. Juicy, bright, fresh, and just plain delicious. I picked up a bottle last night to refresh myself on this wine and before I knew it, half the bottle was gone, it was so easy-drinking and light on the palate. Crisp and mineraly, this is quintessential NZ Savvy without the overly present vegetal qualities. One of my new favorites on the shelf and made by such a great winemaking team, I'm happy to pick up this wine for any occasion.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

Fans of Sancerre or any other crisp, mineral-driven white wines: LOAD UP. This one of the most ridiculous deals I've come across yet from my esteemed colleague Mr. Woodhouse, the man who's been bringing us K&L drinkers stupendous values from the Southern Hemisphere since his arrival. Made by Andrew Framingham, a man whose white wines have become household staples among our sales staff, the 2016 Ribbonwood might be the best Sauvignon Blanc deal I've ever tasted in my career now entering its eleventh year. It's saline and citric in its character, yet the wine has texture. There's an herbaceous note underneath all of that, but it plays second fiddle to the minerality and the hints of orange blossom on the finish. This is not your grapefruit-laden, super green Kiwi Sauv Blanc. It's not anywhere near that now ubiquitous profile. This is much more Loire Valley in its flavor, but with even more fruit and complexity. For the price, all I can say is WOW, WOW, WOW. Do not miss this one. Buy as much as you can afford.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

Everything you could want in a classic, everyday NZ Sauv Blanc. This wine exemplifies that fresh, crisp, juicy style of Sauv Blanc that put NZ wines on the map. The nose is bursting with white blossom, citrus peel, jasmine and passion flower. The palate is crisp and zesty but also has a soft textural element and more layers of flavor than anyone would expect at this price point. 2016 has proven to be yet another stunning vintage in Marlborough and this wine shows just what stunning values the region can produce. Ribbonwood is the second label of one of my favorite producers in NZ - Framingham. The wines are made by the inimitable Andrew Hedley who is without doubt one of the most exciting, passionate and downright awesome winemakers you could ever meet. Don't settle for mass-produced, commercial, bulk NZ savvy when you can have something like this crafted by a master of his trade.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 25, 2017

This is an absolutely lovely Sauvignon Blanc which shows round fruit, pretty, apricot blossom aromas, and doesn't fall too far into the peppery, green category of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. Rather, its refreshing, pleasant and crisp. A great buy at this price!