The Hess North Coast Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is made to relax with, or have with some grilled asparagus. The alcohol is predictably easy at 13.5% abv and it's also easy on the wallet at $11.
The wine has an herbal nose, not New Zealand herbal, though. There is some grassiness in the pale golden liquid, but it is well accompanied by lemon, lime, grapefruit and tropical notes. The palate is so fresh, it makes you happy if it's hot outside. Chill this wine and take a few degrees off the thermometer reading. The aforementioned citrus and tropicals show up as flavors, with a hint of stone fruit in there. The minerality is crisp and the acidity is zippy. The wine somehow makes me want a cold black sesame noodle dish to go with it.