San Elias Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Origin: Colchagua Valley, Chile
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: May 2010
Purchase Price: $7.99
Our review: This wine is light gold in color with aromas of gooseberry, sweet bell pepper, and a touch of grass. There is a good balance of acidity to fruit flavor, and the finish is very nice, clean and refreshing.
Our rating: We enjoy Chilean sauvignon blancs in part because they're frequently not as aggressive as those from New Zealand (which typically have to be served with seafood and quite honestly, sometimes we want a sauvignon blanc and aren't in the mood for seafood) and because they aren't oaky like many from California (which might as well be chardonnays, and then, what's the point). But being in the middle risks being unmemorable, and that's sort of where this wine falls. It's pleasant and safe to serve with most any cuisine, but it's simply not remarkable. Priced about right, it rates on the high side of Average.
Taste profile from the winemaker: "Pale in color with a goosberry bouquet, apple and citrus fruits aromas, and fresh zesty flavor. Excellent aperitif or with salads, fish and poultry."
Winery website: Siegel Winery.