2011 Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc "La Gloria" Reserva Casablanca Valley

SKU #1093515 90 points Wine & Spirits

 From the warmer, eastern reaches of Casablanca, this sauvignon is generous in its citrus flavors, balanced by refreshing acidity. For aperitifs. Huneeus Vintners, Rutherford, CA  (2/ 2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Sauvignon Blanc La Gloria displays a fragrant nose of grapefruit, spring flowers, and baking spices. Fresh and lively in the glass with just a hint of sweetness, this savory effort is a very good value meant for drinking over the next 12-18 months. eRobertParker.com #199  (2/ 2012)

Wine Spectator

 Light straw and saline notes lead to a solid core of gooseberry, citrus and chive flavors. Drink now. 13,000 cases made. –NW  (10/ 2012)

K&L Notes

Augustin Huneeus, famous for his work at many wineries including his Quintessa in Napa Valley, looked to his native Chile for an outstanding location for a new winery and found his spot in the stunning Casablanca Valley. Thus was born Veramonte. Veramonte uses sustainable farming and is moving the property over to organic certification. Chief winemaker Rodrigo Soto is now back in his home country to lead the progress of and oversee the winemaking operations. Always striving for a sense of place their wines show a beautiful expression of their varietals and wonderful terroir.

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By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/30/2012  | Send Email
This 2011 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: 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.

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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