Orin Swift Blank Stare
2019 Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley
Since the mid-2000’s, Orin Swift has produced an opulent Sauvignon Blanc from the Napa Valley, Veladora. For years, we had looked to produce a different, more nervy expression of Sauvignon Blanc from a cooler region. Since 2016, we’ve been able to source fruit from the Russian River Valley where the grapes are able to ripen to our liking while also retaining a fresh, lively acidity. This vintage of Blank Stare is sourced from the same vineyards as last year—Laguna Ranch, Two Rock and MacMurray vineyards—to provide continuity to a staple in our lineup.
A glowing pale straw with a striking touch of chartreuse sits in the glass. Aromatically, the wine pops with lime zest, gooseberries, ripe passionfruit, fresh cut grass and lemon bars. On the entry, the acidity acts like a belt, constraining the voluptuousness; similar taste profiles to the nose plus crispy green apples and the faintest hint of fresh sage abound. The finish is reminiscent of ripe kiwi and limoncello, teetering on a beam of lingering acidity.
60% Barrel-fermented in French oak, 45% New Oak
40% Fermented in stainless steel tanks