By Alison Bailin Batz | March 29, 2021

From its aromatic bouquet to its crisp finish, sauvignon blanc is a white wine well worth your time as the weather warms and sun shines bright. Here are some bottles guaranteed to put a “spring” in your step all season long:

 

Pedroncelli 2019 Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Just slightly pale yellow to the eye with an almost glow to it, this bottle is a tease in the best way possible. First, it has pear notes, but then lemon and, finally, tropical fruit. And it doesn’t stop there. At the finish, expect green apple, citrus and even a touch of grassy earthiness. $18

 

Whitehaven 2020 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

Elegant, but with a wild side, this New Zealand varietal packs a punch, starting with notes of fresh-cut grass, passion fruit and lemongrass. Flavors of white peach, tropical fruit and tangy citrus soon follow. Enjoy a clean finish that will have you clamoring for another sip, especially if out by the pool. $20

 

2017 Rombauer Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

This is only the second white wine to come from the winery known around the world for its award-winning famous Carneros chardonnay. It is bright and exudes love with its fragrant aromas of key lime, mango and nectarine with a fresh and lively citrus-flavored palate. $24

 

Longboard Vineyards 2019 Sauvignon Blanc

Many of the wines at this Sonoma vineyard are a melting pot of complex, layered flavors. And it’s no wonder: Owner and avid surfer (hence the brand name) Oded Shakked was born in Israel and has lived on four continents. Bringing together winemaking and agricultural practices from around the world, this lively libation offers pomelo, apricot and peach on the palate as well as an ultra-smooth finish. $25

 

2020 Craggy Range Te Muna Sauvignon Blanc

Pale yellow like the straw Rumpelstiltskin weaves into gold, this fierce take on the varietal surprises with notes of Kaffir lime, which is a potent citrus fruit that almost tastes like lime, lemon and mandarin all at once. The lime is then layered with concentrated flavors of both passion fruit and white stone fruit, and it has a refreshing finish. $26.95

 

2019 Frog’s Leap Sauvignon Blanc

Famously, proudly organic dry-farmed and certified organic, Frog’s Leap only uses grapes from its iconic estate vineyard in this varietal. Crispness and a wealth of minerals are on clear display here, but there are also terrifically vibrant white flower aromatics and luscious flavors of stone fruit in every sip. $27

 

Michel Redde et Fils Sancerre Les Tuilières 2018 

This sauvignon blanc gets its name from the French region — Sancerre — where its grapes are grown. The flavors are on the exotic side, with limestone and passion fruit tempting the senses before lychee, pineapple and peaches come to the forefront. Finally, there is a definite salinity and even a touch of chalky richness to the finish, making it exceptionally drinkable. $31.99

 

Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2019 

The grapes for this dazzler are sourced from the most coveted vineyards in Napa Valley, including the best of the best from the Carneros, Suscol Springs, Rutherford and Calistoga regions. Rich by design, with an unmistakable zest that will wake up even the most melancholy of palates, it is hard to miss the pink grapefruit flavor here, through it is balanced with green melon and a subtle but sublime minerality. $32.99

 

Trinchero Napa Valley 2017 Mary’s Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

An exceptionally vibrant wine by design, this beautiful bottle pays tribute to the founding family’s equally vibrant mother, Mary Trinchero. Crisp, acidic and ever so refreshing, delight in tropical fruits in every sip of this award winner, followed by grapefruit, figs, apricot and candied lemon. $35

 

Bell Wine Cellars 2019 Sauvignon Blanc

Why hello, orange blossoms! As you bring a glass of this liquid sunshine to your lips, aromas of dreamy blossoms and nectarines will dance along your nose first. Then, get ready for an explosion of mango and creamy lemon curd first, followed by far mellower notes of melon and peach. $35

 

Alpha Omega Sauvignon Blanc 1155

This double “Napa Green”-certified winery and vineyard takes pride in the sharp minerality waiting to be discovered in each its award-winning bottles. The signature tartness is perfectly balanced with aromatic notes of mango, pineapple, apricots and just the slightest hint of caramel and vanilla as well as juicy peach and pear to the taste. $80

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