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

Finisterra Red and White Wine from Portugal

Finisterra Red and White Wine from PortugalAs a guy who is into value wines, I’ve found that there are a few regions you can count on for consistent values.  Chile and Spain are two regions that are on that list, but one that I don’t see enough of is Portugal.  There are some incredible bargains to be found in Portuguese wines, but unfortunately I don’t find many of them on the shelves in my province.  Distribution seems to be spotty, unless you’re in New York City.
Given the fact that I don’t come across many Portuguese wines, I was glad for the opportunity to taste these.  I was glad, and also slightly challenged.  One of the things that makes these wines fascinating is that they are produced using grape varieties that are unique to Portugal.  But that also puts me in a position where I’m reviewing wines made with varieties I’m unfamiliar with.  An vital factor I kept in mind when evaluating these wines is that stylistically, these are “ancient world” wines, so I evaluated them as such. With all of that said, take my notes and scores on these with a grain of salt as I’m admittedly in new territory with these wines.
Both of these wines come from the Alentejo province of Portugal.  This is a province in the south of Portugal with a Mediterranean climate and over 22,000 hectares of vineyards. Read more