2012 Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc "La Gloria" Reserva Casablanca Valley

SKU #1133039 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 ...the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Reserva (which comes from 47 vineyard plots) has more character with touches of fresh apricot and peach. The palate is fresh on the entry with tropical fruit and orange zest...  (12/ 2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow. Fresh melon and peach on the fragrant, spice-accented nose. Smooth and open-knit, offering plump honeydew and pit fruit flavors with a touch of anise. Finishes with good, gently sweet persistence and a lingering note of peppery spices  (2/ 2014)

Wine Spectator

 Offers a ripe edge to the roasted citrus, scallion and dried herb flavors. Turns a touch decadent on the finish, with tropical fruit notes. Drink now. (Web-2014)

K&L Notes

Veramonte is a consistent producer of value wines from Chile that we find to be a cut above the competition in the category, which is why we've carried the wines for so long. This refreshing Sauvignon Blanc eschews the overt "greennes" typical of many Chilean SBs in favor of a crisp expression that meets somewhere in the middle of the tropical fruited style of California and the herbal style of France's Loire Valley. No complaints here for $10! From the winery: "Veramonte is located in the remote Casablanca Valley alongside Chile's rugged Pacific Coast. The wild Patagonia lies to our south and the mighty Andes Mountains rise behind us in the east. In this distant winemaker's paradise, 1,000 acres of grapevines nestled among 11,000 acres of wild land that Veramonte has preserved as natural greenbelt. Tasting Notes: Tropical aromas of melon, papaya and guava mingle with subtle floral and herbal notes. Fresh and juicy, with bright citrus notes of white grapefruit and balanced acidity. Sauvignon Blanc grapes are grown in the estate vineyards across a total of 47 vineyard blocks. Warm days and cool nights contribute to long, even ripening. Sauvignon Blanc vines are trellised with an interior tunnel to increase airflow so the grapes do not overheat and retain freshness, aromatics and flavor. The wine is fermented in stainless steel."

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By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/19/2013  | Send Email
This is a real popular Sauvignon Blanc and it is easy to see why. The Veramonte has nice bright aromas of citrus and herbs that is followed in the mouth with juicy citrus fruit flavors that end clean and crisp. It will go well alone or with lighter foods.

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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