Sevtap 2012 Istanbul Sauvignon Blanc (Santa Ynez Valley)

Istanbul native Ertugrul “Art” Sevtap is former underwater oil worker and wine tour guide who started his own label in 2008 and makes a passion-driven line of wines. This Sauvignon Blanc, named after his hometown, offers nicely rounded melon aromas with saffron, toasted herbs and spiced nuts, scents which are pleasing if not varietally typical. The amazing nose goes a tad flat on the palate, where nuttiness overwhelms the acidity. But it's soft and massaging to the mouth, and would make great partner for a croque monsieur. Matt Kettmann

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