Halpin Sauvignon Blanc 2018 | Exclusive $12 Sauv Blanc – tastes like $40
Halpin Sauvignon Blanc 2018 presents a bright, pale lemon. While aromas of fresh Meyer lemon, grapefruit, and lime zest jump from the glass. Then leading into this fresh, light-bodied, zippy Sauvignon Blanc. Across the palate, citrus flavors continue to dominate. All the while accented by hints of fresh green herbs and undertones of ripe tropical fruit including papaya, pineapple, and mango. Of course, a long finish begs for a second sip. Drink now – 2022.
Winemakers Ry Richards and Halpin’s new favorite house-Sauvignon Blanc is their own. So, it’s not vanity, it’s just terrific. Bright, crisp flavors of citrus and fresh green herbs are accented by tropical flavors of mango and pineapple, and a long finish begs for another sip. And all this easy to afford considering this stellar bottling goes for $15.
Break outside your comfort zone, and explore!
“The wineries are generally small and family-owned, and they sell a good chunk of their annual production out of the tasting rooms,’” he read aloud. “‘They are set amid meandering roads, forested hills, and tidy vineyards.’ Are you taking me to Dry Creek Valley?” Halpin astutely guessed. We sure were. And it turned into a glorious outing. We made a beeline for two wineries along Dry Creek Road, and another off Dutcher Creek Road—the one we can’t name—picked up a few bottles of Sauvignon Blanc.
Halpin was floored. “This one,” he said, pointing to a bottle, “reminds me of Lail, only with a bit more zest and zip.” it was the realization that he could buy fruit from Dry Creek Valley and make a Sauvignon Blanc that sells for $15 and tastes like one that costs $40. If it’s not obvious, break outside your comfort zone, and explore. Right around the corner, or, in Halpin’s case, one valley over from Napa, there might just be a caché of something life-changing.
The Result: Halpin Sauvignon Blanc 2018
The field trip resulted in today’s 2018 Halpin Sauvignon Blanc from Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma. The winery source makes an estate SB that goes for $35 and has earned such superlatives as “electric,” and “invigorating” from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.