DSCN6449Though not typically a fan of comparing local wines to those of other, more-established or better-known regions, sometimes I can't help myself. Sometimes the parallels are too obvious.

Vineyard 48 2009 Sauvignon Blanc ($22), my favorite of the winery's current white releases, evokes New Zealand sauvignon in a way few other local renditions do. If you love that aggressively grassy style, this is a wine for you.

The nose shows classic grapefruit and gooseberry fruit aromas layered with fresh-cut grass, sweet herbs and cat pee aromas — and I mean that as a positive. When closer to room temperature, some peachy scents emerge as well.

The zesty, medium-bodied palate brings a fruity-sweet core of grapefruit and pear with a healthy dose of grassy herbaceousness and just a hint of minerality.

The finish lingers nicely, ending on a dry, grapefruit zest note.

Thought not a great value at $22 (similar wines from New Zealand can be found for half that) this is a well-made wine.

Producer: Vineyard 48

AVA: North Fork of Long Island

Price: $22*

(*Ratings Guide)