Lapostolle Casa Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Origin: Rapel Valley, Chile
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (90%), Semillon (10%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Natural Cork
Purchase Date: March 2010
Purchase Price: $9.99
Our review: Tropical fruit aromas -- think banana and melon -- dominate this light gold wine with tints of green. Medium bodied, similar fruit flavors are present on the palate; there isn't much of the grassy or vegetal flavors that are typical of this varietal. Some heat develops into the finish.
Our rating: Blindfolded, we'd be hard-pressed to declare this a sauvignon blanc. It's very nice, but unexpectedly and pleasantly different. There was slightly too much acidity -- heat -- in the finish, but it dissipated fairly quickly. A very food friendly wine, we served our bottle with light meal of appetizers followed by a spinach salad. It would go equally well with fish or poultry. We rate it on the high side of Average.
Taste profile from the winemaker: "Color: Pale and clear light yellow with subtle lime hints. Nose: White nectarine, pear and white flowers dominate also citrus fruit and tangerine. Fresh herbs and mineral notes at the back. Palate: Light body with fresh acidity at the beginning followed by a round and concentrated mid palate. Long and fresh finish."
Winery website: Lapostolle.