The 2010 Dynamic White Table Wine is 51% Sauvignon Blanc and 49% Chardonnay in certified organic and bio-dynamic Estate vineyards in Lake County, California. Dynamic Vineyards are part of the Ceago VineGarden Group, which is in turn owned by Jim Fetzer of Fetzer Vineyard fame. The Lake County AVA is north of Napa Valley, east and north of Sonoma and east and south of Mendocino. This is a Trader Joe’s exclusive, selling for $6.99. The alcohol content is 14%.
The color is pale, golden wheat yellow. The nose leans to the Sauvignon Blanc side, pineapple, peach and pear, tropical flowers and fresh juicy apple. There is a bit of an oily mouthfeel, sliced apple and pear are mixed with tart tangerine and lime, smooth fruit followed by a jolt of tart citrus. The mid-palate adds dreamsicle (but with none of the sugary sweetness) and a light touch of dusty minerality. There is a solid dose of acidity that overpowers the finish.
Seven bucks for a certified organic, bio-dynamic wine is a steal. There are interesting flavors with some decent structure and enough acidity to make this a bottle that will stand up to spicy Thai or Chinese food. To top it off, it is made by folks who have been producing organic wines for decades. Trader Joe’s wines will sometimes suprise you.