2008 VINTJS Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $5.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

2008 VINTJS Sauvignon BlancPer Trader Joe’s Ten For The Tasting (pdf) “Attention grabbing, but not the kind of slap-you-in-the-face of a New Zealand vintage, our 2008 VINTJS Sauvignon Blanc boasts focused intensity and rounded floral characteristics. Produced by a famed, family-owned, sustainably-farmed winery in Rutherford, this is a crisp, mouthwatering blend of 78% Sauvignon Blanc and 22% Sémillon. It delivers zesty aromas and flavors of lemon, ruby red grapefruit, guava and juicy lime. Deliciously smooth in the mouth, the finish is long and cleansing.”

What I Think:

As mentioned yesterday I found this one via the Trader Joe’s Ten For The Tasting. Why did it stand out? As I said there; after watching many of my fellow bloggers enjoy the St. Supery as part of Twitter Taste Live Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley was top of mind. Couple that with this one being a blend of Sauvignon Blanc (78%) and Semillion (22%), a combination I feel in love with years back in New Zealand on my honeymoon, and this one was an easy choice.

That’s all good and dandy but what about what was in the bottle. This one is not for those looking for the grassy New Zealand style and is worlds different than my mainstay CA Sauvignon Blanc, the Geyser Peak. On the nose your greeted with nice, ripe lime and guava notes. It starts with a bit of acid navigating from crisper, slightly tart fruits at the front of the palate to ripe tropical fruits towards the end. It finishes fuller in body, a hint sweet and dripping with candied nectarines. Not what I was expecting from a Sauvignon Blanc but I was pleased nonetheless. Think I may grab another.

Rating: 12th Bottle

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6 thoughts on “2008 VINTJS Sauvignon Blanc

  1. This was the Crew favorite of our Thursday Tasting.
    Crisp, refreshing, good acidity and a $1 less than the Chateau St. Michelle. I wanted to pick some up for the weekend, but as per usual I touted it too much and before I got to the shelf it was gone. It seems to be an interesting mixture between a Californian & NZ Sauvignon Blanc as far as style and flavor profile is concerned. Definitely a palate pleaser. I think this one will go quick, so pick some up or order your cases now.

  2. We just got the 2005 Napa Cab VINTJS in and I would caution anyone who might be considering buying this mess to carefully tiptoe by the section and go buy the 2006 Three Knights Merlot instead. I decanted it for 6 hours and it just got worse.

    Maybe it was just “agitated” from its long journey to the east coast but I suspect it was not a team player right from the get-go.

    You have been warned.


    TJ Wineguy

  3. @Angela I thought this had a lot more tropical (versus citrus) fruit than I was used to, it was a nice change of pace. If there is any left (sounds like not) I plan on grabbing another bottle or two…

    @PeterB I’ll avoid the VINTJS Cab until I hear something that convinces me otherwise. BTW, meet @Angela she’s a TJ’s Winegal

  4. We bought a bottle of the Napa Cab Vintjs and were pleasantly surprised! It is a bit thin but does show multiple flavors (sour cherry, coffee, Vanilla, and coco on the nose and pallet. $10 may be at the high end of the spectrum for this wine, but by no means did I think it was terrible. I give it a score of 88 points.

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