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2015 Fromm "La Strada" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

SKU #1252060 95 points Bob Campbell

 Ripe and concentrated Sauvignon Blanc, with appealing purity and a thread of welcome chalky mineral character adding extra complexity to gooseberry, capsicum and lime zest flavours. Attractive wine that gives a nod in the direction of Sancerre.  (10/2015)

93 points Sam Kim

 This is elegant and restrained, yet not short on fruit concentration and attractive flavours. The bouquet shows elegant aromas of white nectarine, lemon peel, dill and flint, leading to a beautifully weighted and richly fruited palate that is bright and vibrant. The wine shows fine texture and rounded mouthfeel, brilliantly structured by juicy acidity. This would be wonderful with fresh seafood dishes.

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc has an appealingly savory yeasty, struck flint and mineral laced nose over an apple and lemon core plus a waft of fresh hay. Medium-bodied with a beautiful silkiness to the texture, plenty of yeasty goodness and citrus zing, it finishes with excellent persistence. This should develop nicely over the next 4-6+ years. (LPB)  (12/2015)

90-91 points Raymond Chan

 Bright, even straw-yellow colour with light green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and well-concentrated with aromas of ripe green stonefruits, gooseberries and capsicums melded with soft, piquant herbs and attractively lifted floral elements. Gentle layers of pungent passionfruit, tropical fruits and lantana add detail and interest. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the fruit is initially reticent and elegant in expression, with flavours of green stonefruits, gooseberries, capsicums and herbs, along with a floral lift building to form a good core with a fine-textured phenolic line. The textures are balanced by fresh, lacy acidity and the bright and lively palate leads to a moderately long, mouth-wateringly dry finish of gooseberries, tropical fruits and lantana. This is a stylishly restrained, finely concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with flavours of gooseberries, lifted piquant herbs and white florals on a fine, lacy, dry-textured palate. Serve as an aperitif, with seafood and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2+ years. Fruit from the ‘Heritage’ vineyard, Wairau, fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc, the wine aged on lees. Certified BioGro organic.

90 points Vinous

 Very pale yellow. Musky aromas of lime, white pepper, flint and gingery oak. Shows riper yellow fruits on the palate but comes across as quite dry owing to its inner-mouth flinty mineral lift. Dusty, tactile and uncompromising on the finish, with a lingering note of ripe yellow grapefruit. I like this style. (ST)  (5/2016)

K&L Notes

A lovely, complex expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Classic fruit flavors but with an intriguing flinty, mineral note that really makes it stand out from a crowd. Top notch stuff at direct import pricing.

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Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2018 | Send Email
Looking for a bright, clean Sauvignon Blanc under $20? Look no further! Hand picked early to retain freshness, a portion of this wine also sees neutral barrel aging to add depth and texture on the palate. Refreshing and filled with crisp acidity, you'll find notes of Meyer lemon, starfruit and flint. Ideal for lighter meals, this would also work as an aperitif.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/5/2016 | Send Email
It's pretty clear that our NZ buyer Ryan Woodhouse is trying to put Sancerre out of business. The K&L staff loves the mineral-rich, crisp and clean flavors of French sauvignon blanc, but it's tough to justify spending $25-$30 when Ryan brings something incredible like the Fromm La Strada SB for $16.99 and it scratches that same itch. This wine is absolutely delicious, piercing with acidity and food-friendly flavor. It's a sauvignon blanc I would put in a top tier category, but our direct import pricing makes it seem like an every day deal. Don't be fooled, however. Serve this at an upscale dinner or a special occasion, but save some serious cash.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2016 | Send Email
Another facet of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. This wine has subtle concentration and richness, minerality and great cut. It is not your typical lush, grassy Sauvy, in fact we sell Sancerres that can only dream of being this good!

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2016 | Send Email
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Really special Marlborough Sauv Blanc with concentrated citrus and yellow stone fruit flavors. Crushed herbs and pronounced flinty minerals add lovely complexity to the wine that has exquisite balance and persistence on the palate. A very fine example of why NZ Sauv Blanc is so celebrated.
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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
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