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Kriselle Cellars 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Rogue Valley, $24
Retired bridge engineer Scott Steingraber continues to build a following for the Sauvignon Blanc program off his Buxton Ranch property near Medford, Ore. In sticking with his tradition, his Sauvignon Blanc undergoes mostly stainless-steel fermentation, and in 2016 nearly 40% of the lots spent time in neutral French oak barrels. That keeps the focus on the crystalline fruit, bringing classic aromas of gooseberry that are joined by lychee and rosewater. Inside, it’s presented crisply, bone-dry and quite juicy with flavors of fresh-cut lime and yellow grapefruit, backed by a scrape of slate in the finish. Suggested pairings include pumpkin bisque, goat cheese, salads, fresh oysters and lighter seafood such as sole or halibut prepared with fresh herbs. Fortunately, production was increased the 2017 vintage by nearly 100 cases.
Production: 668 cases