2012 Kingston "Cariblanco" Sauvignon Blanc Casablanca Valley
*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.
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)
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)