Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Carmen Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Carmen Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Origin: Curico Valley, Chile
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: October 2009
Purchase Price: $6.99

Our review: Yellow-green in color, this wine has herbal aromas of lemongrass, with significant spice notes. Initially a bit tart and citrusy on the palate, the fruit flavors smooth out and are accompanied by a touch of minerality. The finish is clean but lacks depth.

Our rating: This is a nice, versatile wine, not exceptional but decent. We served our bottle with grilled fish, but we think it would work well with most Asian-inspired cuisines. We rate it about Average. Last year, we rated a previous vintage, the Carmen Sauvignon Blanc 2007, also about Average.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Bright greenish-yellow in colour with fresh and expressive varietal aromas. Deliciously crisp with fresh and juicy citrus and grapefruit, along with nettle and flint. Nice varietal typicity and a long finish."

Winery website: ViƱa Carmen.

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