Long Island sauvignon blanc has arrived and is just starting to get the attention outside of the region that it deserves. Quality is high nearly across the board while bright, steel-fermented versions will always rule the category, blending, skin contact, time in barrels of various ages add some diversity as well.
But, it’s gotten hard to find good Long Island sauvignon blanc for less than $22.
Bouquet 2014 Sauvignon Blanc ($18) is a rare find in that regard.
The lightly saline nose is driven by lemon and grapefruit aromas and a subtle green melon note.
Though a bit austere and light-bodied, the palate is crisp with straightforward citrus fruit flavors, a subtle floral quality and an grass-meet-citrus-pith finish.
You can find more concentrated, complex examples, but for the money, this is a fine example of North Fork sauvignon blanc.
Producer: Bouquet Wines
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
Price: $18 (sample)
(3 out of 5, Very good/Recommended)