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2003 Warwick Estate Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc

March 24, 2004|S. Irene Virbila

Here's an interesting Sauvignon Blanc from the beautiful Stellenbosch wine region of South Africa and Warwick Estate, which dates to 1770. It's named for professor Malcolm "Blackie" Black, horticulturist at the University of Stellenbosch. Ripe and lush, the 2003 is the opposite of, say, high-strung Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley. This one has a scent of the tropical and a taste of green apple. Green-gold in color, it's crisp and deceptively dry on the finish, which makes you want to take another sip. And another.

S. Irene Virbila


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Region: Stellenbosch, South Africa

Price: About $14

Style: Ripe and lush with a crisp, dry finish

Food it goes with: Oysters on the half shell, goat cheese, salads, grilled shrimp and fish

Where you find it: Southern Hemisphere Wine Center in Huntington Beach, (800) 504-9463;; Wine House in Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731

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