Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Montes "Limited Selection" Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Montes "Limited Selection" Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Origin: Leyda Valley, Chile
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: August 2009
Purchase Price: $9.99

Our review: Very fragrant, this pale gold wine has classic varietal aromas of gooseberry and grass with slight notes of pineapple and maybe a hint of sweet asparagus. Very crisp on the palate, the flavors are more citrus-like, and accompanied by a brisk minerality. Though no oak was used to create the wine, the extended finish has an oak-like character, a little woodsy and spicy.

Our rating: Individually there would seem to be a lot to like in this wine, but overall we weren't totally impressed. The finish is the most displeasing aspect; normally a lengthy finish is an asset, but we were hoping the earthiness here would have ended a bit sooner. Or at least have been balanced with a bit of fruitiness. It's a fine pairing wine, working well with most poultry or seafood dishes, and the elegantly designed bottle would look terrific at a formal dinner party. Still, despite the disappointing finish, it scores reasonably well, and rates an Above Average from us. We previously rated the Montes "Classic Series" Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Below Average (for similar reasons).

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Very powerful. To the palate it is refreshingly crisp, sparkling with softness and sumptuous. Great complexity of tropical fruits with citric accents, high acidity and low Ph contribute to the impressive overall freshness and high minerality. An allowing edge, great name, a joyful wine which lingers and has an impressively long finish."

Winery website: Vina Montes.

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