By Kori ~ March 24th, 2011.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™s selection, the 2010 Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc Reserva from the Casablanca Valley of Chile.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
Agustin Huneeus and his son Agustin Francisco Huneeus founded Veramonte, located northwest of Santiago, Chile, along the Pacific Coast, in 1990. The Veramonte estate covers 11,000 acres. More than 1,000 acres are planted to wine grapes while the remaining 10,000 acres have been set aside as natural greenbelt. Cristian Aliaga joined the Veramonte making team in 1999 as assistant winemaker and was promoted to head winemaker in 2007.
Sauvignon Blanc is the primary white variety planted in Chile. This 2010 Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc Reserva is very refreshing and has screaming acidity. In fact, it reminds me a lot of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, which I love.
â€œSauvignon Blanc grapes are grown in the estate vineyards across a total of 47 vineyard blocks. The 2010 vintage was a little later than usual because of the cool spring. This led to lower yields which increased aromatics and complexity and provided beautiful acidity and mineral notes on the palate.â€ â€“ Cristian Aliaga, winemaker
2010 Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc Reserva (Casablanca, Valley, Chile): Pale, greenish straw yellow in color. Very aromatic with fresh grass, lemon, lime, and grapefruit on both the nose and palate. Dry and light to medium-bodied with tart acidity. Very refreshing with a long finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 4 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $11.99; Available elsewhere, $5 to $13
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, Chilean Wine, Sauvignon Blanc, White Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25