Monday, February 21, 2011

Frontera Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Frontera Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Origin: Central Valley, Chile
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Natural Cork
Purchase Date: February 2011
Purchase Price: $7.99 (1.5 L)

Our review: Light straw with gold highlights, this wine has aromas of citrus and grass (more along the lines of lemongrass) with very slight citrus floral notes. Well-balanced on the palate, the fruit flavors are citrusy but not tart or astringent. Some minerality develops into the finish, which is moderately long but rather flat.

Our rating: We should probably say up-front that this has rapidly become our "go-to" ABC wine, versatile enough to pair with many dishes -- and we do just that together with enjoying it all on its own. Its (on the high side) Average score is all the more remarkable given its low price point. Yes, it has its shortcomings -- we'd prefer a more refined palate and a more complex finish -- but for an everyday table wine, especially one that prices out to just $4 a standard 750 ml bottle, this wine works just fine for us ... and suspect it would for you too.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Pale yellow in colour this young and romantic wine is full of expressive fruit flavours. On the nose are aromas of the intense freshness of mature fruit as well as a slight touch of chilli, particular to the Curico Valley region. This fresh wine is light and explosive, leaving ones palate refreshed and satisfied."

Winery website: Frontera: Chile in a Glass.

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