2010 Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Casablanca Valley

SKU #1067828 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow. Orchard and citrus fruit aromas are complicated by ginger and quinine. Spicy and brisk on entry, then fleshier in the middle, offering lively grapefruit and green apple flavors and a touch of white pepper. Finishes nervy and precise, with a repeating grapefruit note.  (6/ 2011)

Wine Enthusiast

 For as long as Chile has been taken seriously for its SBs, Veramonte has been a value leader. This wine is a bit softer and less pungent than previous efforts, but it’s still tangy and shows good green apple and melony flavors. Finishes more flat and fleshy than in the past, so drink right away.  (6/ 2011)

Wine Spectator

 Bright and juicy, with lively verbena, gooseberry and herb notes, staying crisp on the finish. Drink now.  (9/ 2011)

K&L Notes

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: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/5/2012  | Send Email
Quintessential Summer wine this Veramonte... Crisp, light, oak-free (as it should be!). Grapefruit on the palate for sure but with a delicious spice note of ginger, and lime. A must with Ceviche.

By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/3/2012  | Send Email
This 2010 Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, light to medium-bodied example revealing forceful, fragrant notes of melons, figs, dried herbs, and a hint of honey, delicious, and surprisingly nuanced, A great value.

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/30/2011  | Send Email
This wine has a lot of what I look for in a new world SB, bright citrus fruit, solid acidity and refreshing freshness. The Veramonte is very well built, seamless from start to finish, a good overall wine.

By: Jeremy Bohrer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/22/2011  | 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!

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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.
Country:

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