Thursday, September 15, 2011

Vino de Eyzaguirre Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Colchagua Valley, Chile (wine review and rating)

Vino de Eyzaguirre Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Origin: Colchagua Valley, Chile
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: May 2011
Purchase Price: $9.99 (750ml bottle)

Our review: Lemon yellow/gold in color, this wine has an aroma of tropical fruit with notes of orange zest. The tropical fruit character is carried forward onto the palate but seems a little flat. A bit of grassiness develops into the finish.

Our rating: We've said on several occasions that we're fans of Chilean Sauvignon Blancs, and this wine is a good reason why. Very food friendly, the wine's character is such that it neither overwhelms nor conflicts with most dishes. Better yet, it tastes more expensive than it is. Probably best served with seafood, we also think it pairs nicely with mildly spiced chicken dishes; chicken satays with a Thai peanut sauce for example. Score-wise, we rate it well Above Average, but subjectively it's a bit better than that.

Taste profile from the winemaker: Pale straw color with soft green hues. On the nose, it has fresh notes of lychee and lemon zest with hints of grass and tropical fruits. In the mouth it shows lively acidity, appealing brightness and good volume with a long, pleasant finish.

Winery website: None found.

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