Typicity is a term that refers to a wine's reflection of its variety and origin. Does this Napa cabernet sauvignon taste like a Napa cabernet sauvignon? In the world of wine judging and scoring it is expected that the typicity of how the wine smells, tastes, and feels is at least part of the equation, therefore justifying itself against like wines. I find myself in a little bit of conflict over my appreciation of typicity at this point. There are times when I want to know exactly what I am going to get (i.e. when paying over $25 for a bottle) and there are times when something completely surprises me in a new and exciting way.
The wine: The Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvingon Blanc 2009 is the pinnacle of typicity in my experience. New Zealand wine launched itself into recognition with its take on sauvignon blanc, and they are expected to offer copious and zesty amounts of citrus and herbs with a spray of acid that keeps them fresh and interesting. Kim Crawford turns out a brilliant example of this style year after year. The wine is a pale yellow straw color, not as light as many domestic sauvignon blancs, but certainly not golden. It has a ton of grapefruit on the nose, a touch of tropical fruit (pineapple?) and more and more grassy herbs as it opens up. An hour after being open I even got a bit of asparagus. The wine has a great mouthfeel, very smooth, with lots of lemon and grapefruit, and more herbs. There is a lot of acid that carries well into the finish but it is in check and pleasant.
The verdict: If you have had a New Zealand sauvignon blanc before then you know what you are getting with this bottle. If that is what you want then spend the $12-$16 and buy this easy to find wine. I thoroughly enjoyed the wine, found it well made and delicious, and give it a 4 out of 5. There are not a huge number of wines out there for the price and produced in the quantity of this wine that can rival the quality that Kim Crawford offers. You get no surprises with this wine, which as I argue is sometimes a great thing and sometimes not what you are looking for. Either way this is a strong buy recommendation, and you can always put it away for a night when you need some typicity in your life.