The Cipreses Vineyard is located at the very top of a hillside slope, with a northern and southern exposure. Extremely windy conditions act as a natural restraining agent on grape yield. The results are very weak vines and low productivity.
TPale straw with a youthful greenish hue. The nose is bursting with aromas of cut grass, lemon zest and citronella. On the palate the wine is surprisingly mouthfilling and complex though scythingly fresh and energetic. Flavors range from herbal through asparagus to ripe lime always
with an underlying minerality. Finishes as clean and razor sharp as it starts, although flavours linger tantalizingly.
"A warm year along San Antonio's Pacific coast
influenced the normally severe, mineral Cipreses,
making this vintage a voluptuous sauvignon full of
smoky notes and candied lime. Its opulent texture
hides the deep minerality, aromas and flavors of Lo
Abarca’s stony hillsides."
Wine & Spirits
"The 2008 Sauvignon Blanc Cipreses Vineyard comes from a limestone soil with very low yields. It offers up an expressive nose of fresh herbs, citrus, and gooseberry in a racy, New Zealand style. Intense and focused on the palate, the wine's natural acidity suggest that it will have a significantly longer life than a typical Chilean Sauvignon.
The Wine Advocate
"Light, green-tinged straw. A complex bouquet displays pear, lime, lemongrass and mint, with zesty minerals gaining strength with air.
Firm, finely etched citrus and herb flavors pack solid punch but carry little weight. The citrus qualities linger on the long, juicy finish.
International Wine Cellar