Painted Passage 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is another limited supply wine at your local Trader Joe’s. Why do I keep buying these wines? I’m seduced by their descriptions and I guess by the ephemeral nature of their availability. There seems to be some confusion about my role in writing about these wines, let me be clear: I do not work for Trader Joe’s. I just happen to do most of my shopping at TJ’s, Whole Foods, and Safeway so most of my wine will come from these stores as well. I also tend to stick to a tight budget and unless it’s a special occasion or a sale, I rarely spend more than $10 for a bottle of wine. Luckily for me, there is a lot of quality wine available at a price I can afford. All the wine reviewed here is always purchased by me and will be otherwise noted if I get lucky enough to be sent a press sample. With that mini-disclaimer out of the way, let’s talk about this crisp and fruity offering.
Painted Passage 2014 Sauvignon Blanc comes in at 13.5% ABV. It hails from Sonoma county and is 100%, Sauvignon Blanc. I chilled the wine down to slightly below 45 degrees and let it stand for a few moments out of the fridge before pouring it. I used a stemless white wine glass for tasting. This wine performs well at 45 to 55, so I’d grab a Corkcicle if you plan on drinking it in a hot room. When opening the wine, I noted a light kiwi strawberry accord. The wine is a very pale yellow with a slight citrine sheen.
Painted Passage 2014 Sauvignon Blanc has a moderately perfumed nose chock full of fruit. There is nectarine, gooseberry, white currant, kiwi, and strawberry. When you taste the wine you certainly get all the aromas present in the nose with additional lemons, minerals, grapefruit, and tangerine. As the wine warmed and opened up more, I also noted green grapes and subtle kiss of lime. For all the wine’s zestiness, the acid isn’t overpowering. The finish is of a moderate length with grapefruit peel, minerals, and a soft herbaceous grassy note. The wine is very dry, crisp, and refreshing. I did drink this over two days and the second day really upped the minerals, grass, and herbs in the composition of the wine with the fruitiness toned down some. I didn’t catch any kiwi or strawberry the second day.
Painted Passage 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is certainly worth the $10 price and will be quite a hit with SB lovers. It strikes a great balance between the two main styles I find in SB, the zesty New Zealand style and the riper stone fruit style from California. The French seem to have more balance in their Sauvignon Blancs and this is like some of the ones I’ve tasted from France but from America. I loved the wine and will certainly purchase it again! I give this wine a well deserved 88 points.
Have you tried the Painted Passage 2014 Sauvignon Blanc? If so, let me know what you thought!