Silvery in color with some very pale gold. Very tight at the beginning, it slowly opened after a few hours. Minerals and saline, and eventually some grapefruits. Medium to full bodied. Very interesting on the palate. Tight at first, slowly it shows some minerality and eventually some grapefruits and finally a bit of lime. Also a hint of maybe chalk. Very refreshing. This drinks great with or without food. It really would work well with oysters. Drink over the next five years.
2020 Viña Morandé Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc Single Vineyard, Chile, D.O. Casablanca Valley, Wine Review
This is a more "serious" take on Sauvignon Blanc which can sometimes be too much, but it works here. Yellow gold in color, slightly cloudy. On the nose there is some grapefruit, spice/oak, and a bit of honey. Medium to full bodied. Good acidity but still round at the edges. On the palate, grapefruit, peach, ginger and spice. A bit of lemons on the finish. This drinks well on its own but can hold up to quite a bit of foods. Grilled trout would be a nice match.
What a fantastic value in Sauvignon Blanc. Made from grapes grown 15km from the Pacific. Silvery/green/gold in color, clear and bright. The nose has peaches, grapefruits and salinity. Medium bodied. Light tannins. On the palate, grapefruits with underlying minerality. Peaches come out on the mid-palate. A hint of menthol on the long finish. Light tannins. This is nice on its own but will work well with food too. Shrimp off the grill would be great. Screwcapped.
This is made utilizing organic grapes. At 12.5%abv, it is clean and lean. Yellow gold in color, clear and bright. The nose has a nice combination of peach and ginger. Light to medium bodied with a slight viscosity. The overall effect is a nice mouthfeel. On the palate, grapefruit and lemons. Good acidity. Long finish with grapefruits. This drinks well on its own and should be very food friendly with lighter foods. A nice pick for sushi. Drink over the next two to four years.
Another interesting Sauvignon Blanc from coastal chile. This is one of the more "expensive" ones, but even at $25, its is an excellent value. Silvery/ gold in color, with just the slightest bit of cloudiness. Lots on minerality and salinity on the nose with some lime and the slightest note of tropical fruits. Light bodied but concentrated. Slightly oily texture. On the palate, understated grapefruit that gets more pronounced as it moves toward the finish. Also limes and minerality. The is not too dissimilar to many New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs in its price range, but perhaps a bit m
This is from the coastal region of Chile. Pale silvery/gold in color with some green swirls. The nose has lime, salinity and smoke. A very lovely slightly oily texture. Medium bodied. On the palate, there is an interesting minerality with slight lime and slighter tropical fruits. Some complexity. Moderate acidity. Good finish. This is very nice on its own and very food friendly. Roasted turkey or chicken would be a nice match. Screw capped. While there is some fruit to this, the minerality is the thing that makes it very interesting. Excellent value.
This is made utilizing organic grapes from a vineyard, Valle Hermoso, just 13km from the ocean. Yellow/silver/gold in color, clear and bright. There is a very expressive nose featuring lemon, lime, lemon verbena, and an almost minty quality. Medium bodied. Dry as a bone. On the palate lots of minerals and herbs with again, nice sort of pepperminty note. Moderate acidity. Nice mouthfeel. This is nice on its own but even better with food. A Quinoa and Roasted Pepper salad would be perfect. Screwcapped. This should drink nicely over the next three to four years.
2019 Ventisquero Sauvignon Blanc Grey [Glacier] Longomilla Vineyard Single Block, Chile, Valle de Atacama, Wine Review
From the coastal areas of chile, this vineyard is 20km from the Pacific. Silvery/green/gold in color, clear and bright. The nose has lemons, lemon rind and slight green peppers. Medium bodied. Slightly viscous. On the palate, lemon candy and lime notes. There is a long, lemony finish. Good acidity. This is nice on its own and will work well with sea food. Grilled Tune would be a nice match. Screwcapped. Drink over the next two to three years.
This is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Carmenere and 1% Petit Verdot, from Palmilla DO, a low-lying area of the Colchagua Valley. Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has cassis and plums and a bit of warmth. A nice "slippery" texture. Medium tannins. On the palate, cassis with a bit of iodine and slight cherries and tobacco. This is deep and well balanced. Slight menthol on the long finish. This will be very popular at backyard parties. Great value. Drink over the next five to eight years. Great on its own, it will work well with roasted m
A collaboration between Bruno Prats (former Cos d'Estournel director), Paul Pontallier, Ghislaine de Montgolfier and Felipe de Solminihac, a former winemaker at Cousiño Macul It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Peñalolén, a commune that borders Santiago de Chile at a height of 2,300 feet in the Maipo Andes. Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose has cassis, hay, black cherries and char. Medium tannins that are a bit drying. On the palate, cassis, black cherries, menthol with lively acidity. Nice finish. This is drinking well now and should continue for the next five to seven year