The Pass Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Trolling the wine section at my local Trader Joe’s has become more challenging of late.  You see, they have been getting such large crowds that the lines are two deep at the front of the store and then turn up the wine aisle.  These lines often go all the way to the end of the wines and turn the corner!  I have to admit, the TJ staff do an amazing job keeping the line moving.  But … when I visit now during high traffic times, I can no longer linger among the wines pondering my choices.  That would make me an impediment to checkout.  Believe me, I am not going to get between those TJ shoppers and their checkout!

So when I see that crazy long line, I simply go to the end (somewhere in the back of the store) and pick up wines as I pass through the wine section.  Oh!  Did you catch that little pun I just made?  Didn’t plan it, but there it is.  And here is one of the selections I recently grabbed from my place in line.

Winemaker:  The Pass
Varietal:  Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage:  2014
Appellation:  Marlborough, New Zealand
Price: $8.99 at Trader Joes

Notes:  This SB was extremely pale.  It had a very “stinky” bouquet of ripe grapefruit.  Acidity was effervescent and brisk.  It was light-bodied, and alcohol was at 13%.  Flavors I detected were grapefruit and oak.  I thought it was quite enjoyable – nice and tangy.  It left a pleasant fuzzy tongue feeling from the high acidity.  No finesse to speak of, but fun to drink nonetheless.

 

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