This is one of those wines I have trouble
making my mind up about â€“ at first sip, it seems nice but
underwhelming. Sauvignon Blanc, to be sure, with grapefruit and some
tropical notes, but fleshy and well, lacking in the middle? I wonder
what the fuss is about.
Then several seconds later I notice that Iâ€™m still tasting the
lingering fruit, and that my mouth still feels coated with the wineâ€™s
body. I take another sip â€¦ then another with dinner, and the fruit
picks up a bit. It reminds me somewhat of the Kim Crawford 2004
from New Zealand that I had last week, which has calmed down a little
and lost some of its racy acidity but is still showing beautifully. As I
drain the last of the bottle, Iâ€™m still trying to make up my mind
about this wine â€“ but Iâ€™m certain I like it better than I did on the
first sip, and I wish I had some more.
Letâ€™s face it â€“ this is a Sauvignon Blanc from Chile that costs $25.
Thatâ€™s more expensive than most Sancerre. So itâ€™s a bit of a
stretch for me to recommend that you buy this, especially when you
consider that it comes from a company thatâ€™s known for producing
quaffable wines that go for $7 a magnum.
Yet this is delicious wine. And there are clues on the label that
promise quality. First is Concha y Toro â€“ for even
many of their cheap wines are impressive in quality. Next is Casablanca
Valley. This area northwest of Santiago opens to the sea much like many
of Californiaâ€™s prime wine-making valleys. That means it gets maritime
fog and cool nights to balance warm, sunny days during the growing
season. Chilean wineries are prime on this region for cool-weather
varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir. There are also good
Carmenere and Chardonnay coming from Casablanca Valley.
The lack of acidity in this wine makes me suspect that it may not age
well, but Iâ€™m not sure the winemakers really had that in mind.
Theyâ€™ve come up with a fleshy, seductive Sauvignon Blanc that will
match well, at least for now, with some of the best in the world. Pair
this with simply flavored foods to let the wine speak for itself.
Imported by Excelsior Wine and Spirits,
Old Brookeville, NY. And I had to take my #$%*(& progressive lenses
off and use them as magnifying glasses just to read the fine print on
that â€“ why canâ€™t they use that font for the Government Warning for
crying out loud? Oh, never mind â€¦
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