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2015 Casas del Bosque Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 

Casablanca Valley, Chile

Retail $13

Chilean red wines have garnered acclaim but that nation also produces vibrant and versatile sauvignon blancs. The best Chilean sauvignon blancs generally come from Casablanca Valley, which enjoys cooling influences from the Pacific coast at an altitude of 800 feet above sea level. Founded in 1993, the award-winning Casas del Bosque was one of the first wineries in the valley; it also grows chardonnay, pinot noir, carmenere and syrah grapes. Renowned winemaker Grant Phelps has worked at Casas del Bosque for more than 13 years and crafted this wine. Grapes were harvested at night to maintain the fruit's full potential and acidity. In the cellar, grapes were gently pressed and allowed skin contact for four days. The majority of the wine was vinified in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats, and 4 percent of it was barrel-fermented to add texture and weight. In the glass, it offers aromas of kiwi, lime zest and a whiff of jalapeno. On the palate, taste grapefruit, guava, mineral undertones and an herbal character. Drink it as an aperitif or with oysters, turkey gumbo, artichokes, grilled fish, smoked salmon, salads and light cheeses. Buy it at: Whole Foods Market.


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