2006 Concha y Toro Terrunyo Sauvignon Blanc Casablanca Valley (Previously $24.99)

SKU #1047511

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Meticulous winemaker Ignacio Recabarren has been working and working the Terrunyo Sauvignon Blanc for the past five years and in 2006 he seems to have nailed it. You can smell and taste its purity and style. The citrus and minerality are unparalleled in Chile, while the finish is as long as the country it comes from." (05/07) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow. Fresh citrus and green apple aromas are given depth by sweet butter and peach pit elements. Brisk lemon and lime flavors are braced by salty minerality, gaining weight with air and finishing with a sexy honeydew quality. Nicely balances ripeness with vibrancy." (Mar/Apr 2008) And finally, according to the Wine Spectator: "Offers nice citrus peel, mineral and floral flavors, with straw and sweet pea lingering on the steely, lengthy finish. Nicely done. Drink now." (04/07)

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By: Mulan Chan-Randel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/20/2009  | Send Email
What an over-achieving Sauvignon Blanc! This tidy white is for those of you who love the clean, fresh smell of wet stones after a spring rain. No oak, no tropical fruit, no bubble gum flavors here. Think mineral, purity, and finesse. Classy stuff.

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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.