Monday, November 1, 2010

Santa Rita Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Santa Rita Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Origin: Casablanca Valley, Chile
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Bottle Closure: Natural Cork
Purchase Date: September 2010
Purchase Price: $9.99

Our review: Light straw in color, with citrus (sweet grapefruit, orange) and lemongrass aromas. Very fruity on the palate, there's also a good acidic balance. There isn't much of a finish, though.

Our rating: We typically enjoy this varietal from Chile, and this example confirms our opinion. It embraces all the facets we've come to expect, but does so in a balanced, pleasing manner. We suggest serving with any fish or poultry dish, or even early in the evening with appetizers. We previously rated this winery's Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc 2007 just Average, but the present wine is a clear step up from this (and only $1 more), rating Above Average, nearly Excellent.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "A brilliant yellow color with green hues. Its intense aroma is a fragrant blend of citrus fruit and maracuya with a herbaceous backdrop typical of this variety. On the palate, it is concentrated, with a pleasant acidity that highlights its freshness, firm structure and excellent persistence."

Winery website: Viñas Santa Rita.

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