2009 Overlake Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $4.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

2009 Overlake Sauvignon BlancPer Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer “North of Napa & northeast of Sonoma, California’s Lake County may not be as well known as its movie-star-famous neighbors, but its wines are at least as worthy of your attention. In fact, Lake County has long been a favorite “hidden” source for many of California’s most prodigious winemakers due to both the quality and availability of its terroir. So when top-notch wines from Lake County are priced at $4.99 a bottle, they’re definitely ready for their close-up.

All of this leads us to introduce Overlake Sauvignon Blanc, a celebrity-in-the making from Lake County. On the nose, it’s vibrant & fresh with grapefruit, pineapple & grass aromas. On the palate, you’ll find an excellent balance of tangy, rich and smooth elements, followed by a long, refreshing finish. On the wallet, Overlake Sauvignon Blanc’s low price of $4.99 is sure to get your attention – for wine of this quality, this is a real superstar of a price.”

What I Think:

When I first saw this on the back cover of my most recent Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer my mind immediately, with excitement, leapt back to the 2007 Overlake Cabernet Sauvignon which was ranked #2 in the Trader Joe’s Top 10 Wines List in May of 2009. Initially disappointed I continued reading further down and found a mention of the Cab which was in stock as well. Off to my local store I went with corkscrew and glass in hand as I felt another parking lot tasting was in order. That was strike one on the Cab (I am 0-3 on tracking that one down now, anyone have any luck?) but I did grab this Sauvignon Blanc as well as the Chardonnay. One item of note is that the previous versions of these wines were made by “Kitchen Sink Wines” which appeared to be affiliated with Coppola and these latest offerings are courtesy of “Plunkett Creek Vineyards” which is apparently tied to Wildhurst Vineyards (where a similar bottle goes for $12). That mystery will have to wait for another day though as I want to get to this bottle…

The nose is loaded with grapefruit and nectarine aromas. Unexpectedly heavy and viscous on the palate, you are quickly aware this is not your typical Sauvignon Blanc. That said it is still enjoyable starting; smooth with the same nectarine flavors emerging first. A lemon component kicks in around the mid palate before delivering a tart and refreshing finish that lingers nicely. It definitely finishes fuller in body, a hint sweet and lacking much of the acidity you typically find reminding me of a previous VINTJS offering. Not what I was expecting from a Sauvignon Blanc but I found myself pleased nonetheless. I already grabbed three more bottles; feel free to grab one yourself!

Rating: Buy It

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9 thoughts on “2009 Overlake Sauvignon Blanc

  1. The Cabernet and the Chardonnay are also very good in this label. Just the bottle tells you it not a cheap wine even though they are on $4.99 and the Chard $5.99. I don’t like white wine very much but the Chard is very buttery, Oaky, and very silky smooth. Love the Cabernet to but it’s not available any more.

  2. I find the SV very enjoyable and balanced. I will not hesitate to serve it with friends and guest. Just the right amount of acidity for my taste. The chard is a different story. I find it too oaky for me and a little disjointed.

  3. @JB As you might have saw I agreed with your take of the bottle on the Chard and quoted you in that post. Still bummed I missed the Cab. Hopefully a happy accident helps some find it my way…

    @RMN I’m with you on the Sauv Blanc. I grabbed a case I am planning on serving at a party this weekend and I’m not expecting any complaints!

  4. Glad to see you’re back tasting & writing.

    The crew at our store also enjoyed the SB.
    My notes say: Pleasant, light nose, bright, nice acid, grapefruit with a clean finish.

    I’ll check the shelves to see if we have any Cab left. BTW, shall a set aside a bottle of the 2007 Paso Robles TJ’s Reserve Petit Verdot?
    Definitely earthier than last year’s Napa, but still pretty tasty. Needs plenty of air or a pour though the Vinturi to smooth it out quickly.

  5. This was one of several wine we tasted a few weeks back at our store. I thought it was really a fruit bomb and almost too sweet for my taste. But it would be a solid SB to serve on a really hot summer evening, too bad it’s fall. On one such night a few days ago, a customer came in looking for a “sweeter than chardonnay” wine, and this was my go to choice right away. I’d serve it to guests and pour myself a glass of Chateau St Michelle SB ;)

    @Angela – The Petit Verdot is GREAT! But I believe it is an 09′, not an 07′. It won our tasting of several wines. I picked up 5 bottles to round off for awhile in the cellar. I sold the last bottles two days ago. I think that wine was a steal. Hope people got their hands on some!

  6. @Matt: What store do you work at? (I’m at #109)
    Yup, I mis-typed, it is an ’09 on the Petit Verdot. Our store jumped on it early and we still have a few cases left. Planning on picking up a few bottles pretty soon. Looking forward to trying this one with chocolate and seeing how it compares to the Napa Grand Reserve we had last year.

    • @Angela: I’m at #174. When I can personally vouch for a killer deal, I make sure the order amount is bumped in the guide. For our last few tastings, I’ve been selecting all the wines, but I’d like to create a better structure and plan for regular tastings. From my readings on here, you’ve been with TJs for awhile, it’d be nice to connect off of this forum to learn more about your guys’ tasting set up. Would you mind emailing me to open up that exchange and talk more TJs wine:) MatthewKRyan[at]gmail[dot]com

  7. Picked up a bottle per your recommendation. Wife loves it, and isn’t a wine drinker. Good enough five-buck bottle.

    Love the flyer blurbs: “prodigious” producers (not “prestigious”), “availability and quality of the terroir”.

  8. @Angela I have a bottle of the Petit Verdot here. I will have to open it soon!

    @Matt I recently served this one at a party and it was a hit. Certainly not Kiwi in style but appealing to a broad set of palates. Glad to hear your a fan of the Petit Verdot as well. Looking forward to giving it a try.

    @Thomas Glad to hear the Mrs. enjoyed it! Great call on the flyer too! Have to love marketing speak…

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