2016 Arboleda Sauvignon Blanc Aconcagua Costa (Previously $16)

SKU #1316229 95 points Decanter

 Very attractive nose, blend of green fruit, lime, blackcurrant leaf and mineral tones. Mouth-watering acidity, lovely weight and intensity of fruit on the palate, lime zest, asparagus, gooseberries. Long finish. Elegant wine.  (5/2017)

92 points James Suckling

 A fruitier style of Sauvignon with sliced lime and hints of grass. Fennel too. Full body, rich and round style. Serious mouth feel. Screw cap. Drink now.  (5/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Sourced from the Aconcagua Costa appellation, the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc is from a plot in the village of Quillota called El Pedregal (stony) that was planted in 2006. It fermented in stainless steel, with 10% whole clusters pressed and fermented in French barriques, where it matured with the fine lees for five months. It has pungent herbal flavors and a citric touch. The palate is dry, somehow austere, with a distinct bitterness in the finish. It feels very young, a little raw. I'd wait one year. (LG)  (4/2017)

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Staff Image By: Chantel Carroll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2017 | Send Email
This Sauvignon Blanc has a lot going on! Just about 15 miles inland from the Pacific coast in Chile's Aconcagua Valley is where this vineyard is nestled. The nose has bright citrus, dried herbs, green apples and Satsumas. The palate has refreshing acidity, with candied lemon and a hint of green peppercorn on the finish.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2017 | Send Email
This Savvy is extremely expressive with the fruit and bright acidity punching right out of the gate. I loved the tropicality of it and the minerality lended to it by its coastal clime. The fruit is juicy, energetic and fierce and the mouthfeel is full thanks to its time in both stainless steel and French barrique. This is a fun and lively Sauvignon Blanc and an absolutely perfect Summer wine.
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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.


- 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.