1997 Callaway Sauvignon Blanc, Temecula ($9).
Sauvignon blancs can be rather austere, severe and overtly herbal wines. The Callaway is none of the above. This fresh, fruity, dry wine from Southern California is a delight for spring and summer consumption. There's plenty of melon and peach fruit, and the herbal flavors play a supporting role. There seems to be a touch of residual sugar, but that might just be the generous fruit leaving an impression of sweetness. This is an excellent choice to serve someone who's just learning about sauvignon blanc.
Pub Date: 6/10/98