Brand new release from Orin Swift! Inaugural vintage of the Blank Stare, a delicious Sauvignon Blanc from Russian River Valley.
A blend of 95% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Semillon, it offers big tropical fruit notes on the nose with a subtle herbal nuance. Once it has a chance to breathe, the flavors are ripe and balanced with peach, pineapple, fig, white stone, butterscotch, baking spice and persistent clean minerals. The laser-beam focus is held together by loads of mouthwatering acidity. Fermented in 40% French oak and 60% stainless steel, the wine is rich yet fresh all at once.
Proprietor Dave Phinney told us with childlike glee about the Semillon that makes this wine extra special. He was told by the powers at Gallo to, "Go find whatever fruit you want." Well, he came across a parcel of 127-year-old Semillon vines in the Montebello vineyard! The complexity and depth of flavor contained in this special group of grapes really puts Blank Stare over the top.