2011 Matetic "EQ" Coastal Sauvignon Blanc Casablanca Valley (Elsewhere $20+)

SKU #1114222 94 points Wine & Spirits

 *Year’s Best!* - As if the wine had no time to lose, this sauvignon immediately delivers all the nuances of fruit grown in the far-coast of Casablanca. Its notes of grass, herbs and citrus fruit power out of the glass with surprising intensity. A wine of profound flavor depths, this is structured and balanced to evolve over the next two to three years in the bottle. EQ Coastal comes from one of the new Matetic vineyards, hard by the sea, on a hillside facing north.  (6/ 2012)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editor’s Choice* - Strikingly pungent on first take, with crackling aromas of cactus, nettle, lime and grapefruit. Feels zesty, deep and layered, with an even mix of tropical fruit flavors, stone fruits and green notes. About as right as it gets for Chilean Sauvignon Blanc.  (6/ 2012)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc comes from an organic and biodynamic cultivated vineyard from 'Valle Hermoso.' It has a fine bouquet reminiscent of a fine Marlborough with subtle tropical tones complementing the herbaceous green fruit. The palate is fresh and lively with crisp acidity, admirable tension and a poised, melon and pink grapefruit tinged finish. Excellent. Drink now-2014.  (12/ 2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light yellow. Fresh pear and tangerine aromas are complemented by bay and lemon thyme. Taut, focused and juicy, with good depth to its nervy citrus and orchard fruit flavors. The brisk finish shows lingering floral and spice nuances.  (5/ 2012)

Wine Spectator

 This ripe yet crisp white offers ample grapefruit, citrus zest, straw and mineral notes to carry the rich finish.  (11/ 2012)

K&L Notes

Matetic was founded in 1999 and quickly became a major player in the Chilean wine industry. The winery and their primary holdings are in the Rosario Valley an offshoot of the San Antonio Valley - a region famous for cool climate wine production. Matetic is known for their bold flavored pinot noirs and syrahs which have garnered great press over the years but more importantly they make an extraordinarily vibrant sauvignon blanc from the nearby Casablanca Valley which is Chile's premier growing region for this variety. The "EQ" Coastal is farmed organically from plots only 13 km from the Pacific Ocean where cool breezes and cloud cover create a long maturation period for the grapes allowing them to develop great complexity. The "EQ" is a pristine example of Chilean sauvignon blanc. Zesty grapefruit, kumquat, white flowers and capsicum aromas surround a generous core of minerality and stony texture with a slight brineyness. The finish is long and lingering and should be perfect with oysters, ceviche and creamy goat cheeses. (Keith Mabry, K&L Wine Merchants - Hollywood)

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By: John Downing |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/15/2012  | Send Email
Matetic produces what is without doubt one of Chile's finest Sauvignon Blancs and their 2011 is loaded with personality. It's definitely a well-made New World style and presents a wonderful option for those who prefer California or New Zealand Sauvignons. The palate is medium-bodied and offers up a zesty melange of grapefruit, guava and citrus with fresh acidity throughout. Delicious!

By: Illya Haase |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/15/2012  | Send Email
Classic Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. The nose hit's you with array of beautiful notes of lime, grapefruit, jalapeno peppers and fresh cut grass. The mouth feel has some nice weight to it. Good acidity and a little salinity probably from being so close to the coast. Great mixture of tropical and stone fruits. Minerality on the finish, which makes it a perfect pairing for any fresh seafood. Equilibrium is the great name for this wine in taste and price!

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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.
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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
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