Which brings us to California samples, and to this one. Nice enough, but not very wild. Rather, a bit soft, round, and sweet, as California sauvignon blancs tend, I think, to be. The whiff of banana candy suggests some time spent in oak, which is exactly what our angry (and hugely enjoyable) mentor Willie Gluckstern, The Wine Avenger, said sauvignon blanc should never be subjected to.
Harrumph. Suitable for cooking, I suppose. No offense meant.
Retail, about $18.