2008 Blocks Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $5.99 @ Trader Joe’s imported by Vinum Global

What They Said:

2008 Blocks Sauvignon BlancPer the bottle “Opening with cut grass and capsicum intermingling with passion fruit and finishing with guava, the nose shows the best of classic Marlborough Sauvignon. The palate is full of citrus with some hints of gooseberry and finishes with heady tropical fruits.”

What I Think:

My first thought in seeing an ’08 is that this has been aging in someone’s warehouse. I was hoping the URL on bottle would tell me where but that no longer resolves to a site. Perhaps a casualty of the ripples in the global economy? Likely so. Looks like it retailed for $16+ in its day. Was it worth it?

Golden straw in color with tropical fruit & green cut grass on the nose. Medium bodied this wine shows lemon stone fruits with hints of guava on the palate leading to a tight acidic backbone with a pleasing crispness. The finish is refreshing with a lasting pucker that leaves you smacking your lips and me thinking of a favorite childhood candy; Lemonheads. In a good way that is. Guessing we will never see the ’09 version of this one (based on my comments above) so buy this one while it lasts. I’ll be getting some more and think a blind tasting may be in order with the King Shag and Sauvignon Republic. Either way one thing is for certain; New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is the most dependable wine category Trader Joe’s carries. As matter fact it is time for me to try some $10+ options to see what it is (if anything) that I am missing out on. Stay tuned! In the meantime if you are so inclined grab a bottle of this one and let me know what you think.

Rating: Buy It

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8 thoughts on “2008 Blocks Sauvignon Blanc

  1. Haven’t seen this one yet, but it sounds promising!

    In terms of domestic Sauvignon Blancs, every day I’m putting up at least one case of Chateau St. Michelle from Washington State. It’s 6.99 a bottle. I have yet to try this wine, I see too many wine possibilities daily and have a limited budget! Next week we are going to do a tasting of Sauvignon Blancs and you can bet that both the Block (if we have it by then!) and the Chateau St. Michelle will be on the table. Would anyone recommend any other bottles to try for our tasting?

  2. @Matt Add in the King Shag, Sauvignon Republics and the Geyser Peak and you’ll hit all my favorites… I’ve yet to try the Chateau St. Michelle but had the Snoqualmie. I added it to my list.

    @Alan I’m a fan of the Stellenbosch, yet to try the Russian River.

  3. WARNING: Hustle buy! Limited quantities.
    Get it before it’s gone!
    Very tasty for the price point.
    BTW, the 2009 Kono just got a Best Value & 90 pts. from WS. I’ll put it on the Tasting list.

  4. Check out Picton Bay Sauvignon Blanc. $7.99 a bottle. Tastes like Nobilo, which they also offer at a reasonable price!

  5. This was sort of “meh” for me. Not bad by any stretch, but nothing that made me want to go back and buy more. Too many better SBs out there around the same price point.

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