92pts Wilfred Wong
If I could have imagined myself liking a 15.5% alcohol Sauvignon Blanc as I began my wine career, my colleagues would have wanted to have my palate checked. The 2018 Orin Swift Blank Stare is indeed an impressive Sauvignon Blanc. This wine starts with a pretty and enticing aroma of dried leaves and ripe fruit. On the palate, it is long and rewarding. Pair it with smoked oysters in a sauce of fresh goat cheese and savory spices. (Tasted: February 12, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
91pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Blank Stare was 30% barrel fermented and aged for three months. The total amount of new oak in the blend if 17%. This vintage is a knock-out, giving up exuberant green guava, gooseberries and white peaches scents with touches of wild thyme, chalk dust and musk perfume. Medium to full-bodied, the palate bursts with citrus and gooseberries flavors with loads of herbal accents and a lively finish.
Glowing in the glass, the aromatics concentrate with notes of lemongrass, fresh-cut grass and hints of lavender, cream, and jasmine. On the palate, the entry is all acidity but with a serious mid-palate—lively flavors of kiwi, lime, and intriguing minerality. The finish is bright and youthful with a slight Meyer lemon rind closing out the wine.