Kathy’s Pick #2: 2017 Cep Sauvignon Blanc, $24

We were fortunate to be able to get five cases of this small production wine, made by Peay Vineyards in California. Cep means vine stock in French, and the emphasis is on making wines that express the Peay family vineyard’s personality, but at about half the price. Grown organically, this wine’s alluring nose emphasizes tart, green fruits (kaffir lime and other sour citrus), with savory notes of fennel, thyme, mint and tarragon. The fruit flavor on the attack confirms the lime in the nose, adding lime pith and roasted lime nuances. The mid-palate has salty and mineral notes as well as a hint of floral sweetness. The acidity is fresh throughout making the wine crisp and focused with a clean finish. Another one to try while it’s still available.