Thursday, September 22, 2011

Anakena Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Central Valley, Chile (wine review and rating)

Anakena 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: $6.99 (750ml bottle)

Our review: A light citrus scent with hints of lemongrass and orange zest are exhibited by this pale straw-colored wine. There is some initial citrus tartness, but it is quickly balanced by a mild tropical fruit flavor.

Our rating: We've been fans of this wine label for some time now, having previously enjoyed the 2006, 2007, and 2008 vintages, as well as one of its higher priced sister labels, the 2009 Anakena Indo Sauvignon Blanc. This 2010 vintage is comparable, in that it is incredibly food friendly, pairing well with most any dish and probably most particularly Asian cuisines. Still, we think it isn't quite as good as in the past — primarily due to the somewhat odd finish here — and rate it Above Average. Nevertheless, we continue to recommend the wine as a candidate for everyday consumption.

Taste profile from the winemaker: A crisp pale gold Sauvignon Blanc, with intense notes of white peach, pineapple and citrus. On the palate it is fresh, and with a pleasant finish. Delicious with chicken salad, white fish and light appetizers.

Winery website: Anakena: Roots of the Andes.

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