Aresti Estate Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Sauvignon Blanc from Chile, South America
Very good conditions in December, allowed a perfect fruit set, then a long warm ripening season produced full-flavored grapes. The grapes were crushed and pressed in a pneumatic press, then the juice was fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine is left on the lees for 3 months, then cold-stabilized, filtered, and bottled. No oak is used to preserve the varietal fruit characters.
Tasting Notes - Color - Bright light hue. Bouquet - Grass and gooseberries aromas, with citrus notes. Palate - Fresh and vibrant citrus flavors with well balanced acidity.
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Aresti Wine of Chile is a family-owned winery that was founded in 1951, when Vicente Aresti and his father-in-law, Alfredo López, established a winery in the Curicó Valley. In 1999, the Aresti family began making wine under their own label, acquiring new land and investing in technology. Today, three generations of the Aresti family dedicate their efforts and knowledge to producing widely recognized wines of the highest caliber. Part of the Aresti winery history is depicted on the labels of the icon Family Collection line, with Alberto Valenzuela Llanos' 1908 painting entitled "Harvest at the Bellavista Hacienda," which won a gold medal in an exhibition in the Belle Arts Museum in Santiago during Chile’s centennial celebration. Don Vicente acquired the painting and turned it into the symbol of the winery. In fact, it won another gold medal in an international wine label competition (Premier Print Award), when it competed against 4,500 other labels from every corner of the world. View all Aresti Wines
About Chile(CHEE-lay)Long and thin, Chile has a lot of land north to south. The wine region here is a series of districts based near Santiago. The vineyards are protected by the Pacific on the west and the Andes mountains on the east. This could help explain why the climate changes more from east to west than north to south – also why the country has remained phylloxera free. Quite a few wineries in Chile were founded by large French wine companies. Seeing the potential of the country, vineyards were bought and planted by these French folks and the results tell of a smart investment. Some of these wineries include: Los Vascos, Casa Lapostolle and Cousino Macul. And while the inspiration may have been French, but the wines here are quite Chilean.
Photo of the sun break following morning fog over the vineyards of Veramonte Winery (located in the Casablanca Valley)
Notable FactsThe main regions of Chile include Maipo (pronounced MY-poh), known for reds like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere; Casablanca Valley, a region producing delicious Sauvignon Blanc, as well as other whites & some reds; Colchaugua, an inland district creating amazing red wines from Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly in the Apalta sub-region; and Rapel Valley, settled right under Maipo and producing the same red varietals. A couple of smaller regions to watch include Limari and Elqui, two valleys further north, producing some delicious cool-climate Chardonnay and Bio Bio, an area further south, which is also focused on cool-climate varieties. Chilean wines are growing in exports and more consumers are enjoying the delicious values coming from the country. Red wines of the region, though they cannot be generalized, make the whole gamut of wine quality – quaffable to collectible. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Carmenere are the main players, though Syrah is also making a splash. Some of the best reds are blends of the above varieties. As for whites, Sauvignon Blanc is typically crisp, herbal and racy, while Chardonnay is richer in style with full-bodied texture and tropical fruit flavors.
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Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.