Saturday, June 18, 2011

Vistamar "Brisa" Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Central Valley, Chile (wine review and rating)

Vistamar "Brisa" Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Origin: Central Valley, Chile
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: May 2011
Purchase Price: $7.99 (750ml bottle)

Our review: Pale yellow with silver highlights, this wine is quite aromatic, with strong notes of citrus, tropical fruit, orange zest and lemongrass. The fruit flavors on the palate are a little unbalanced, with a significant astringency building into the finish.

Our rating: We're generally fans of Chilean Sauvignon Blancs, but this isn't one of the better ones. Serving with food helps moderate the somewhat unpleasant aspects of this wine, but there are so many other -- better -- similar wines to choose from. We rate this wine Below Average.

Taste profile from the winemaker: This is pale yellow in colour with greenish highlights. It possesses strong aromas of tropical fruits such as passion fruit, white flowers, such as jasmine and orange blossom and touches of citrus. It is juicy in the mouth with a delicious acidity, making it a fresh and attractive wine.

Winery website: Vistamar: Wines of Chile.

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