2018 Blank Stare Sauvignon Blanc
This bottle will go down as one of the most interesting Sauvignon Blancs I’ve tasted in years. It comes to us from Orin Swift Cellars and from the Russian River Valley.
As anyone who’s tasted Orin Swift wines can attest, they can be big and bold, unrestrained; and that’s exactly how this Sauvignon Blanc hit me, and in a good way.
The price is $20 at Costco, which is about half of retail which I found online, along with some big scores from the wine critics.
The wine pours a pale yellow in the glass with stone fruit and mild oak on the nose. In the mouth, this wine is a beast, a rich and flavorful Sauvignon Blanc that is clearly not your everyday expression of the varietal.
The wine is medium in body, flavors of pear, lemon, vanilla and cream; huge mouthfeel, very powerful; what you would expect from Orin Swift, and a memorable Sauvignon Blanc for all types of white wine fans.
This is definitely one for the more adventurous wine drinker. The alcohol is 15.5% so it packs a big punch in pretty much every way. In the end, I enjoyed it, and if nothing else, am happy to have tasted this bottle as it changed my perceptions of what a Sauvignon Blanc can be.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 90 points (a CostcoWineBlog Top Pick)
Costco item number: 1471548
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