2012 Kingston "Cariblanco" Sauvignon Blanc Casablanca Valley

SKU #1163903 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* This small-production Sauvignon Blanc (700 cases) overdelivers on its price by a factor of two or three times. It gets going with crisp, crystalline aromas of passion fruit and briny grapefruit. A pure, juicy, ripped palate offers lime, grapefruit, tangerine and herb flavors, while the finish is minerally and clean.  (9/2013)

Wine Spectator

 This is filled with dried herb, grapefruit, candied orange and quince flavors, with a zesty finish that features notes of celery salt and lime. Drink now. (Web-2014)

K&L Notes

Kingston Family Vineyards is one of our favorite projects in South America, owing in no small part to Portola Valley's own Courtney Kingston and her family's approach to winemaking in the cooler climate Casablanca Valley. This approach emphasizes communication amongst all actors involved in this labor of love: Chilean and American family members, vineyard workers and traveling viticultural specialists (Ridge's Dave Gates still travels here twice a year to help out), winemakers and Courtney, etc. As a result, the wines continue to come into their own and be amongst the most consistently well made, delicious wines that Chile has to offer. For their Sauvignon Blanc, the wine is aged on its lees for around eight months and bottled much later than most Sauvignon Blanc - from Chile or elsewhere for that matter. The resulting wine has terrific bright citrus flavors and just a hint of Sauvignon Blanc's pleasant greenish snap, as well as a mouthfeel and texture that speaks to the quality of the fruit and thoughtful winemaking. This is always one of our favorite SB's in the store! (Joe Manekin, K&L South American wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2014 | Send Email
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This is an absolutely fantastic Sauvignon Blanc - one of my favorites, especially at this price. It is wonderfully complex and has a very impressive texture and weight. Rich tropical and citrus fruits with a slight touch of savory - it is spectacular as a summer dinner wine.
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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.


- 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 (%): 14