2017 Vinedos TerraNoble Sauvignon Blanc Reserva
$16.45 btl / $197.40 cs (case of 12 x 750ml)
In the wine world, “Chilean” used to be code for “good everyday wines for a steal.” Although this is still true, in the past decade there has been a lot of investment and focus in discovering new vineyard sites. This has led to better understanding Chile’s vast terrior and has helped winemakers determine the grape compatibility to the land and the impact to the character and quality of the wine. Casablanca Valley on the coast, located 100km north-west of Santiago the country’s capital, is an example of the benefits of this investment. It is one Chile’s youngest and fastest growing wine regions and boasts a large number of modern cellars with the highest wine making technology, many of them boutiques wineries. Despite its late start, the Casablanca Valley has gained worldwide recognition, in particular, for the white wine production of splendid crisp Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, but also for some stunning reds.
Casablanca Valley, cooled by the Humboldt Current from the Pacific Ocean, is certainly one of the cooler wine regions in Chile. Sauvignon Blanc thrives in cooler climates, as hotter regions would compromise its acidity structure, which makes this grape so fantastic. Chilean Sauvignon Blanc has become so popular it is now the most important white grape variety in terms of national planning, surpassing Chardonnay in 2010, and is only second to Cabernet Sauvignon in overall production.
The 2017 Vinedos Terranoble Sauvignon Blanc Reserva is a must buy for this time of year. Chilean Sauvignon Blanc shows more topical aromatics than its New Zeland counterpart, but still has that zippiness and zing Sauvignon Blanc is known for. Aromatics to expect from is wine vary from tropical fruits such as pineapple and white peach to lime, grapefruits and subtle notes of asparagus. On the palate, it has a fresh and balanced acidity, with flavors of citrus fruits with herbal notes. A fresh wine, with a medium structure and a lingering finish.
Price: Case of 12 at $197.40 ($16.45 per bottle)
Type/Variety/Body: Dry white, 100% Sauvignon Blanc, Light/Medium body
Drink: Now or over the next year
Food Pairing: Grilled fish, shellfish, creamy seafood pasta, veal scaloppini