Tuesday, July 26, 2011

MontGras "Reserva" Sauvignon Blanc 2009

San Antonio Valley, Chile (wine review and rating)

MontGras "Reserva" Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Origin: San Antonio Valley, Chile
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: May 2011
Purchase Price: $8.99 (750ml bottle)

Our review: Straw-gold in color, this wine has aromas of citrus and lemongrass, with slight sweet bell pepper notes. On the palate, the citrus flavors are nicely balanced with a touch of grassiness and minerality that gives it a crisp feel. The finish is brief, bringing out a hint of spiciness (though it could also be characterized as citrus zest).

Our rating: This is a very nice wine, one which we enjoyed with grilled chicken and quickly stir fried vegetables. We think it may pair slightly better with seafood, in particular shellfish, but given how drinkable it is -- there's a subtle hint of tropical fruit sweetness that captivated us -- this wine can probably be readily served with a wide variety of cuisines. It's no secret we're fans of Chilean Sauvignon Blancs, and this one doesn't (and won't) disappoint. We rate it Above Average, nearly Excellent.

Taste profile from the winemaker: Appearance: Pale straw yellow. Aromas: Loaded with grapefruit, passion fruit and figs combined with nice fresh grass and asparagus notes. Intense and attractive. Deep and intense citric fruit and melon. It not only has freshness, but also volume and a nice texture. Full bodied.

Winery website: . Viña MontGras

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