The Original Dark Horse Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Faint yellow-gold color; grapefruit, gooseberry, white peach on the nose; melon, citrus, grapefruit, white peach on the palate.

Nicely clean, excellent acidity (3.24 pH), some creaminess in the mouth, too. Made with 76% sauvignon blanc, 16% semillon, 3% albariño, and 5% other white grapes.

Refreshing, crisp, love the cutting acidity. Light-medium body, no oak, minerals on the finish. Winemaker Beth Liston is a master at intriguing combinations of grapes to frame the dominant varietal. Once again, she succeeds with a pour that can run with the New Zealand big dogs. Not so much grass on the nose, but this delivers everything else.

Now a Gallo product, The Original Dark Horse is having a national rollout this year—there was limited availability for previous vintages—so you should be able to find it fairly easily. Definitely worth a taste. A great value-for-price pour. $10

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Second photo: Winemaker Beth Liston

The Original Dark Horse Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Winemaker Beth Liston