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2011 Brancott Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

This is a regular addition to Costco’s wine roster each year, and this time it showed up right as the wonderful sub-$10 Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc ran out at my Costco. At $8.99, here’s another Marlborough favorite that’s a great replacement for the Nobilo.

I reviewed the 2010 vintage of this wine and found the 2011 to carry many of the same qualities. It’s characteristic Marlborough with a nose that just leaps out of the glass. Citrus like Starburst with grapefruit, apricot and a lemony acidic finish. Slightly sweeter on the finish than the Nobilo and as I remember prior vintages being.

But it rounds out an awesome wine at a great price at Costco. Pick up enough to save a few for the summer when these really shine. Rating: 87 Points (same as 2010 and the Nobilo)

Costco item number: 335929