Gran Verano Sauvignon Blanc

Gran Verano Sauvignon BlancWe’re going back to the box tonight — and back to Chile — for another sauvignon blanc review. We’ve lauded Chilean sauvignon blanc over the past few years, and more recently we’ve given a nod to improvements in the quality of some boxed wines.  So, we were excited to explore a boxed SB from Chile.
This wine is named Gran Verano, which translates to “fantastic summer.”  The fruit for it comes from the Central Valley in Chile. Read more

Haras Sauvignon Blanc

Haras Sauvignon BlancIt should come as no surprise to anyone whose been conception this site for some time that Chile is one of our favorite regions for Sauvignon Blanc.  But what you might not have noticed is that our favorite Chilean SB (shorthand for Sauvignon Blanc) usually come from the Casablanca Valley province.   But with this wine from Haras, we found an SB from Maipo Valley to get excited about.
Haras de Pirque made its first wines in the 2000 vintage, but the description of the property goes back a small further.  The owner, Eduardo A. Matte, bought the estate in 1991, when it was just a pure-bred horse farm.  He has since improved the horse farm and, obviously, launched the winery.  You may notice the horse images on their packaging, a reflection of the dual-mission of the estate — to breed exceptional horses and produce distinctive wines. Read more

Cono Sur Organic Sauvignon Blanc

Cono Sur Organic Sauvignon BlancCono Sur is a Chilean wine brand that I’ve grown to trust for excellent to very excellent wines, but I have yet to taste one of their wines that blows me away as exceptional.  Yet, I’ll take that excellent consistency as an attribute for which they deserve credit.  And while I don’t recall ever looking at a Cono Sur wine and saying, “Yes! That’s my favorite!” I do know that when I’m offered one of their wines my expectation is that it will be excellent.
If there is a particular Cono Sur wine that you want to check out, you do need to pay attention to the name as they have several different lines of wine.  This one is from their “Organic” line, which you can identify at a glance by the bicycle on the mark. Read more

Undurraga T.H. Leyda Sauvignon Blanc

Undurraga T.H. Leyda Sauvignon BlancThe description of Undurraga goes all the way back to 1885 when Don Francisco Undurraga brought vines over from France and Germany to establish the estate.  But in more recent description, the Undurraga family left the business in 2006 after a dispute with their business partners.  The Picciotto family took over the estate and has since all ears on improving the quality of the wines.
Undurraga is one of the largest producers in Chile.  They now have several brands of wine, one of which is T.H., which stands for Terroir Hunter.  These are wines meant to express a particular location, or “terroir,” and there are in fact three different types of sauvignon blanc offered below the T.H. brand.  This one is from the Leyda sector of San Antonio, but they also have one from Casablanca and one from Lo Abarca.  I infer it would be fascinating to sample and compare all three, but alas I only have the one from Leyda to taste. Read more

Montes Limited Selection Sauvignon Blanc

Montes Limited Selection Sauvignon BlancSurprise, surprise, we’re reviewing yet another Chilean sauvignon blanc.  This one is from Montes, a relatively young Chilean producer having started their production in 1987.  I know that may not seem young to some of you, but compared to Chilean wine producers that were established in 1885 it’s young to me.
This sauvignon blanc is from their “Limited Selection” line of wines, one of several lines they produce.   And it comes from Leyda Valley. Read more

Peñalolen Sauvignon Blanc

OK, this is going to be a small and sweet review tonight.  It’s another Chilean sauvignon blanc from Casablanca Valley, and another one that I really dig.  I don’t have a whole lot of background on the producer, Peñalolen, additional than what we mentioned with the review of the Peñalolen cabernet sauvignon. Read more

Root:1 Sauvignon Blanc

Root:1 Sauvignon BlancWe’ve reviewed some Root:1 wines previous to.  We’ve gotten excited about their cabernet sauvignon and we’ve reviewed their 2008 sauvignon blanc.  Today it’s the 2009 sauvignon blanc and our impressions are similar to the 2008.
Root:1 is named in allusion to the roots of the grape vines.  They also have a tag line, “The Original Ungrafted” which more frankly clarifies what’s unique about this brand — although I expect most consumers wouldn’t know what “ungrafted” means.  Grafting is a administer where a part from one plant is cut off and connected to a matching cut on a different plant, they then grow together and become one plant.  The graft is often done to connect a vine to a different rootstock.  This is done in order to place heartier, more disease-resistant rootstock on vines than they would naturally have.  Most grape vines used for wine production are grafted onto different rootstock, but the vines used to grow the fruit for Root:1 wines have their original, natural rootstock.
I grew up on a small apple orchard and I know about grafting from the fruit trees.  But I wouldn’t expect those who’ve never spent any time learning about vineyards or orchards to be familiar with grafting.  Maybe I’m incorrect.  How about you, have you ever heard of grafting?  Do you care whether the vines used to produce your wine were grafted? Read more

Veramonte Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

Veramonte Reserva Sauvignon BlancThis isn’t the first time we’ve reviewed the Veramonte Reserva Sauvignon Blanc.  The 2008 vintage was exceptional.  It’s one of those wines that was memorable and thus became a “go t0″ wine.  If we needed a excellent Sauvignon Blanc and didn’t want to place much thought to it, Veramonte was our choice.  And with this sympathy for Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc, we was thrilled to taste the 2009 vintage.
But this is where I get to make a point that it is vital to note the vintage, because while the 2009 vintage of this wine is excellent, it’s not quite the mind-blowing experience that the 2008 was… OK, I might be going overboard with the “mind-blowing” language, but I’m a geek, I get excited about excellent wines.
Veramonte is a Chilean wine, and from the Casablanca Valley — where most of our favorite Chilean Sauvignon Blanc comes from. Read more