2015 Grower’s Reserve Sauvignon Blanc San Martin, California


Back to Trader Joe’s for this one, and it was worth it.

The final rating on this guy may be low (2.2/5) but it is what it promised to be: clean, crisp, and refreshing.  We do also consider complexity in our rating though, which is what lost points for this 2015 San Martin Sauvignon Blanc.  Despite the absence of some complexity, we would enjoy this again.  With so few whites we like thus far (I do not consider us as red drinkers just yet, I have hope that there are some whites out there for us!), we can consider this as one of them.

From the back of the bottle:

Cultivate simplicity.  A simple enough directive; yet some “simple” pursuits come about through tremendous hard work-organic farming for example.  The wine in this bottle was made with organically grown grapes. 

Our 2015 Sauvignon Blanc is deliciously complex with ripe melon, nectarine and lemon zest flavors leading to a clean and refreshing finish.

Rating: 2.2 corks
Price: $6.99
Designation:  Grower’s Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation:  San Martin, California
Winery: Grower’s Reserve
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Category: White
Alcohol: 12.5%
Bottle Size: 750mL


Sight – 2 / 5 corks

Straw colored and entirely transparent, almost a water like consistency.  Legs are essentially non-existent.


Smell – 1.5 / 5 corks

A muted aroma of dusty lemon zest, freshly cut melon, green grapes and pears the tartness of the scent primes the taste buds with saliva.

Touch – 2 / 5 corks

A very smooth wine with light sweetness on the back of the palette but is slightly dry.  Although not complex in flavor, the simplicity is attractive in itself.

Taste – 3 / 5 corks

The tartness of the wine hits immediately with a definite citrusy lemon flavor and a hint of pear, the wet meatiness of a cantaloupe lingers after consumption.  The crispness keeps one coming back for more.

Overall – 2.2 / 5 corks



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