Saturday, October 16, 2010

Root: 1 Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Root: 1 Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Origin: Casablanca Valley, Chile
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: September 2010
Purchase Price: $10.99

Our review: Aromas of citrus and gooseberry with notes of lemongrass are exhibited by this golden straw-colored wine. Initially a bit tart on the palate, the citrus fruit flavors take a moment or two to develop. There's a bit of grassiness and herbaceousness as well. The finish has considerable mineral character to it, and is slightly spicy.

Our rating: This is an interesting take on this varietal. It has all the typical characteristics expected of a sauvignon blanc, but adds a few unexpected twists. We'd suggest pairing it with lightly seasoned seafood dishes. Although we generally enjoyed the wine, the lingering finish that seems rather discordant is what disappointed us the most -- and really caused the score to drop. Priced a tad on the high side as a result, we rate this wine just Average.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "An elegant and crisp wine with citrus notes and a fresh, clean finish."

Winery website: Root: 1 Wine.

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