Upon our return from the Wine Bloggers Conference in Penticton, British Columbia, the latest Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer was in our mail. Needing to replenish our pantry and refrigerator, I went off to Trader Joe’s. The Fearless Flyer highlighted a newly-stocked wine, VINTJS Knights Valley 2012 Sauvignon Blanc. The Fearless Flyer describes the wine as a great summertime wine. I decided that at $7.99 is was worth a try.
I love traveling through Knights Valley on Highway 128, a beautiful backroad between Calistoga and Healdsburg. It is one we often take on our wine country travels. Joe Montana owns a house along this stretch that has been for sale since 2009. Knights Valley is a prime wine growing region with several top name wineries having vineyards in this area.
VINTJS Sauvignon Blanc Knights Valley 2012
I found this wine to be very enjoyable. Let the wine sit and warm up slightly out of the fridge. The aroma comes through much better. I find the citrus flavors to be very gentle and pleasant with just a tad of oak coming through. The wine is very tasty in the mouth, full but at the same time refreshing. The finish is surprisingly long and agreeable. As mentioned in my post a couple of weeks ago, there are several styles of Sauvignon Blanc. This one has its own spin with the oak and full-mouth feel. You don’t get the deep Gooseberry and heavy grapefruit as you would in a New Zealand style of S.B. It is not as fresh and crisp as a stainless steel S.B., but it’s somewhere in between. I would say this is more of a lunch or dinner wine than an aperitif or an outdoor weather wine. The alcohol is 14.6%. I judge it at 87 Points.
On the back label of the wine, it indicates the wine was Vinted and Bottled by Golden West Winery of Sonoma. “Vinted and Bottled” means the winery on the label may have had little to do with the making of this wine. This is another one of those mystery wineries that may not really exist. I did an online search for the winery and absolutely no results came up specific to this winery’s name.