This year’s always-anticipated Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines is out and available for wine sleuths to cuss and discuss. A noted trend in this year’s edition of the WS Top 100 Wines is that a white wine other than Chardonnay received some love : Sauvignon Blanc. This year’s first Value Wine is one of those rare nuggets that will delight your palate while saving some serious scratch. Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc 2019 from California is almost too good for its modest $12 suggested retail. A true Cali wine family project, the Joel Gott Sav Blanc 2019 features three-generation family ties for the winery’s namesake and Joel’s wife Sarah is the winemaker. Grapes for this white beauty are sourced from Napa, Sonoma, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Lake Counties, presumably helping the winery keep such a modest price. Widely available, the Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc 2019 leans to the California style that has become popular for Sav Blanc, with lemon zest and peach hints complemented by a touch of apricot, with plenty of cleansing acidity! Excellent as a cocktail wine or with a salad or seafood course, wine sleuths should make a point to pick up several bottles or even a case of the crisp, refreshing Joel Gott 2019 Sav Blanc at this price, which can be had for several dollars less than the suggested retail with a little sleuthing! No less an authority than Wine Spectator named the Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc 2019 as its number 21 wine in the Top 100 list, bestowing a strong 92 rating on the same. Tasting Panel agreed and similarly rated this Value Wine a 92.