Strong citrus aroma with a hint of floral. Medium-bodied, tart and tangy with flavors of lemon, lime and green apple. This wine has a vibrant finish, fresh, crisp and firm with a generous kick of acidity.
And you can feel good about drinking it! As if you need an excuse. The Benziger Family Winery is dedicated to green winemaking and its Certified Sustainable Grape Growing Program. The grapes for this Sauvignon Blanc were grown with certified sustainable farming methods. That wine growing philosophy is displayed in the elemental symbols on the bottle’s label. Around $15.
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Every quarter or so, Kevin and I get a big box of sample wines from the marketing/PR team behind Wines of Chile. The box comes with some information on the wines and an invitation to a really cool virtual tasting. Kevin and I, along with countless other wine bloggers, participate in a video webinar of sorts. Video cameras are set up in Chile and in New York. In Chile, we have the winemakers responsible for whichever wines we’ve been sent. In New York, we have a moderator. And spread out across the United States, we have a lot of wine bloggers, all connected through web conferencing software.
In the webinar chat and on Twitter, we chat about the wines and ask questions (Twitter transcript). Our moderator reads the questions and feeds them to the winemakers. In the end, we have quite the virtual conversation.
And now, the wines …
Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2009, Casablanca Valley: Very traditional sauvignon blanc, filled with flavors of ruby red grapefruit, with tons of citrus front and back. There were a lot of pleasant green notes, and a minerality to the wine. It was one of our top three favorites and I know it’s available locally.
Ventisquero Quelat Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Casablanca Valley: I was not blown away by this one, but Kevin didn’t mind it as much. This was much heavier than the previous sauvignon blanc. We both found it to be laced with green pepper, and even the winemaker commented on the jalapeno. The pepper did fade a bit after the bottle was open a while, but it still wasn’t my thing.
Michelle: 😐 Kevin: :>
Undurraga T.H. (Terroir Hunter) Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Leyda Valley: More peppers! This time there was green chile pepper – again, it’s not my thing. It was tempered a bit though and the wine was a bit too heavy for me on its own. It didn’t pair well with the quiche we had for dinner, but I suspect it might be food friendly – with the right kind of food. Kevin thought the pepper was a treat and it reminded him slightly of a pepper vodka he tried from [possibly] Hangar One.
Michelle: 😐 Kevin: :>
Valdivieso Single Vineyard Wild Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Leyda Valley: There was no typicity on this wine and the nose (to me) was distinctly of nail polish remover. Here’s the thing – it was Wild Fermented. In other words, the winemaker (we think) went out of his way to create something different. However, all the wine bloggers were sort of stymied by this wine, so Wines of Chile are sending out another bottle, in case this one was bad.
Our review? The jury is still out.
Santa Rita Medalla Real Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Leyda Valley: At first I really like this one, as there was the traditional grapefruit and grassiness that I’m found of. Then I was hit by the tomato. No kidding. Kevin called it tomato vines combined with green beans. We had it again the next night and it wasn’t very drinkable, as if the tomatos had 100% invaded the wine.
Cono Sur Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2009, San Antonio Valley: Kevin and I are big fans of Cono Sur wines over all and found this one to be as good as we expected. It was easy to drink and held up over two evenings. Kevin called it a lawn mowing wine, so stay clear of our house when he has the mower out. 😉 This had a brightness to it, was very food friendly (paired well with our quiche), and even seemed to have a touch of creamsicle flavoring.
Haras de Pirque, Haras Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Maipo Valley: Hands down, this was my favorite wine of the evening. There was a bit of the traditional sauvignon blanc flavors, with grassiness and minerality. But there was also a creaminess. This wine also paired well with our quiche and was easy to drink.
Casa Silva Cool Coast Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Paredones Estate, Colchagua Valley: Kevin noted a spicy flavor to our last sauvignon blanc. I found it grapefruity, but not grasse. Initially, I thought it was a bit sour but after a few sips that faded and I found the same spice as Kevin.
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