Behind the Cork™ - Wine of the Week

2016 Ventisquero Casablanca Valley Sauvignon Blanc Reserva ($15)

This wine is from the Casablanca Valley of Chile. In the Northern region of Chile, this valley has strong coastal influences that keep temperatures cool, adding as much as a month to this region's growing season as compared to others in Chile. This 100% Sauvignon Blanc underwent cold maceration for 12 to 14 hours followed by a slow fermentation and was then aged over its lees for four months and battonage was used to increase its complexity.

While distinctively a Sauvignon Blanc, the peach flavors really come through on this one while the grapefruit and citrus flavor take second billing. The wine finishes with subtle fruit and distinctive minerality that Chile's soils impart. At 12% ABV this is a dry wine with moderate acidity. If you like the body of an un-oaked Chardonnay this Sauvignon Blanc is right for you. Serving this one chilled to 45-50 degrees F will keep it refreshing while also allowing its body and complexity to make a statement.  Enjoy with a variety of foods including salads, fish and seafoods.

Disclosure of Wine Sample Submission:  I received this wine at no cost for review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Sample Provided by Donna White Communications