The 2012 VINTJS Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is a $6.99 Trader Joe’s exclusive, produced for them by St. Supery Vineyards and Winery, a very well respected Napa Valley wine producer. Now, that does not mean that the VINTJS is a relabeled bottle of St. Supery’s $20 Estate grown Sauvignon Blanc, neither Trader Joe’s or St. Supery are telling the exact story behind this Sauv Blanc. But, we have Napa grown grapes, produced by a top notch winery, from an outstanding vintage (2012) for a wine that is priced less than 7 bucks. That is a description you do not always see associated with $6.99 wines. The alcohol content is 13.6%.
The color is a pale lemon yellow with a slight green tint. The nose reaches out and grabs you, it is grassy, with bright tropical fruit, along with lemon and key lime pie. This Sauvignon Blanc starts off with melon, grapefruit, peach and fresh squeezed lime. The mid palate adds a soft slap of minerality, kiwi and tart orange zest. The acidity is very bright and the finish is full and long.
The 2012 VINTJS Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is an interesting wine (interesting is not something that 5 years ago, you would ever had said about a $6.99 wine). It is not the same as a New Zealand or a Loire Valley (France) Sauvignon Blanc, maybe a bit more reminiscent of a Bordeaux Sauv Blanc. This would be a fun wine to include in an under $10 Sauvignon Blanc Shoot Out, there are several good NZ Sauv Blancs out there, Nobilo and 90+ Cellars come to mind, you are going to have to ask your local wine shop for a recommendation for an inexpensive French Sauv Blanc, since for some reason the French don’t do a good job of marketing their Sauvignon Blancs here in the States. As a $6.99 wine, the VINTJS Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is a home run, there is nothing here not to like, it may not be your favorite style of Sauv Blanc, but it is a rock solid wine and the price is more than right.