2009 Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Casablanca Valley

SKU #1054969

A Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast: "With aromas of prickly citrus, nettle, cucumber and green fruits, this is hanging in there well. The palate seems to be softening with age, but there's enough acidity left to prop up the green apple, bell pepper and tarragon flavors. A good, basic SB from Casablanca to drink now." (12/10) Located alongside a creek that runs from high in the hills of El Mauco, Sauvignon Blanc vineyards at Veramonte are managed with air tunnels through the canopy, to preserve airflow and with specific canopy adjustments to manage sunlight all to retain freshness and aromatics. Carefully controlled fermentations in the winery also maintain the wine’s vibrant fruit and aromas. The wine is entirely fermented in stainless steel, never touching oak, so that its freshness and lively aromas and flavors.

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By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/19/2011 | Send Email
My favorite weekday night wine for under $10!!! Rain or shine this always satisfies my thirsty palate! Great crisp tropical fruit with a touch of zesty acid and herbaceous lift gives this wine just the right amount of zing and zip! Super easy but super refreshing after a hard days work when you don't want the wallet to suffer! A perfect party white and crowd pleaser as well:)

By: Jeremy Bohrer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2010 | Send Email
This has been a solid wine for a few vintages now. It's still great with citrus and grassy notes framed by solid acidity. Delicious!

By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2010 | Send Email
New Zealand meets California: that's story with the 09 Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc. There's fresh citrus and grassy aromatics a la NZ, but the palate is riper and fruitier, along the lines of California. Makes sense - Chile is somewhere between the two geographically. Either way, this is a pretty tasty and refreshing white, and for $9 it's a no-brainer for parties!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2010 | Send Email
This very inexpensive, bright bottle of white impressed me at the staff tasting yesterday. The Veramonte has plenty of fresh cut grass on the nose, along with an exotic fruit element. In the mouth it is richer than I expected, with great intensity, especially given the price. A fine drink for summer!

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2010 | Send Email
It is amazing that a wine this good can be transported half-way around the world and the sold for so little! Bright, refreshing lots of clean citrus and fresh acidity. This is a perfect summertime wine!

By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/28/2010 | Send Email
The 09 has arrived. This sauvignon blanc is one of our most popular white wines in the store. For only $9 you get bright grapefruit flavors with a crisp clean mouthfeel. This is a great party wine.

By: GZ | Review Date: 9/19/2011
Not a particularly memorable Sauvignon Blanc.

By: marymad | Review Date: 2/23/2011
I hate to be the contrarian, but this wine was awful. It was fizzy and tasted yeasty or malty like beer. I would not buy this again.

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Varietal:

Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.
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Chile

- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine. Click for a list of bestselling items from Chile.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5