2010 Sauvignon Republic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

I still remembering receiving the email from Angela that this one was replacing my long loved King Shag. I remember receiving a text from a friend in Seattle wondering where this one went. And I remember thinking I should update my Top 10 TJs Classics list as a result of this. That said I had sampled the Sauvignon Republic before and I was a fan (though preferred the Stellenbosch) so I figured it was high time to give this one a fighting chance. Could it match its predecessor?

2010 Sauvignon Republic Marlborough Sauvignon BlancPrice: $6.99 @ Trader Joe’s imported by Sauvignon Republic

What They Said:

Per the bottle “A windswept terroir of hills and dry gravelly-clay riverbeds produces crisp sauvignon with gooseberry notes, herbal grassiness, and restrained minerality. Juicy flavors, crisp acidity and long finish pair well with sea foods of all kinds. The perfect wine with sush!”

What I Think:

(13%) Almost a clear straw in the glass this one shows a big grassy nose loaded with citrus and tropical fruits. Bright lime and grapefruit on entry these fruits turn plush on the palate. From there it turns crisp with an tart acidity that is short lived before the citrus fruit flavors emerge once again. For my palate I would prefer a firmer acidity and crisper finish. That said this is a nice, fruit forward (and a tad aggressive) wine. At $7 the perfect summer wine for your next party but still not quite the King Shag…

Rating: 12th Bottle (meaning I didn’t mind drinking it, perhaps even enjoyed it, but am not inclined to buy again)

What’s your take? Is the Sauvignon Republic a worthy replacement to the King Shag? If not what is your new favorite <$10 Sauvignon Blanc?

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5 thoughts on “2010 Sauvignon Republic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

  1. It’s Out of Stock at the moment, but should be back shortly.

    AVAILABILITY ALERT!
    Look for these this weekend:

    2008 TJ’s Reserve Carneros Pinot Noir: $9.99: Hope it’s as delicious as last year

    2009 TJ’s Reserve Organic Mendocino Cabernet Sauvignon: $9.99

    2010 TJ’s Petite Reserve Paso Robles Albarino: $5.99 or $6.99, I forgot which

    Looking forward to a nice long vacation starting next Wednesday. I’ll let y’all know if I find any gems as I wind my way through WA & OR wine country.

  2. Went to TJ’s today looking to buy a sixpack of King Shag for a hot, hot weekend with many guests, disappointed not to find it. I’m drinking the Republic as I type and not liking it as much. I too would like to know what happened to King Shag and if I can get it anywhere else.

  3. I drink the Republic often because it is usually in stock at my local TJ’s. A few months ago an employee recommended the 2011 Picton Bay. So I bought both and found that I enjoyed the Picton more! I don’t think I am alone because Picton SB is constantly sold out at both store locations nearby, whereas SR is always available. Has anyone else tried the Picton Bay? I’d like to know what others thought of it – I like that it is a little less fruity than the Republic.

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