Thursday, September 30, 2010

Casillero del Diablo Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Casillero del Diablo Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Origin: Casablanca Valley, Chile
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: September 2010
Purchase Price: $8.99

Our review: Grassy, herbaceous aromas are presented by this light gold wine, with significant citrus and gooseberry notes. Crisp and tart on the palate, the citrus flavors dominate, though are reasonably well balanced. There's a bit of astringency in the moderately long finish.

Our rating: A fairly typical example of this varietal, though the tropical fruit and herbal characteristics are overwhelmed a bit by the citrus flavors. It is probably best paired with white fish filets or shellfish, though we enjoyed our bottle with a vegetarian dish. Priced a little high for what is at best an Average wine. We previously rated the Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Average as well.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Color: Straw yellow with soft green hues. Aroma: Fresh and citric. Peaches notes with hints of gooseberry and tropical fruit. Taste: A gentle, round and mouth-filling wine, with crisp acidity and balanced natural acidity."

Winery website: Casillero del Diablo.

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