Initial scents reveal a tropical cornucopia of mango, pineapple and guava. Meanwhile, the lime-inflected palate is crisp, elegant and sophisticated and ends on a crisp chalk note. Try with fresh seafood.
Bright straw. Grassy citrus and pear aromas are given an exotic twist by a strong blast of yellow rose. Spicy and firm in structure, with energetic citrus zest and orchard fruit flavors on a light frame. Finishes taut and focused, with refreshingly bitter quinine and lime peel notes and very good length.
The 2002 Sauvignon Blanc (finished with a screw cap) offers notes of melons, dried herbs, and tropical fruit, medium body, tremendous purity as well as zestiness, and unexpected body and flavor authority. Drink this beauty over the next year. A terrific example of how good Chardonnay can be when it does not see any wood is Nepenthe's 2002 Chardonnay Unwooded. Exhibiting aromas of pine needles infused with orange marmalade, honeyed citrus, and white peaches, it is medium-bodied, fruit-driven, well-delineated, and light in the mouth despite the concentrated fruit. Enjoy it over the next 1-2 years.