Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Sauvignon Blanc from Chile, South America
Good clarity with light straw color. Medium-bodied with tropical and citrus fruit flavors of white grapefruit and lime with a long crisp finish and some minerality.
Wine & Spirits - "From the warmer, eastern reaches of Casablanca, this sauvignon is generous in its citrus flavors, balanced by refreshing acidity."
Veramonte represents a return to Agustin Huneeus' Chilean roots. When he spearheaded development of the Veramonte Estate in 1990, there were less than 100 acres of grapevines planted in the Casablanca Valley.
The coastal mountain ranges surrounding the Casablanca estate create a unique terroir with a diversity of microclimates. The valley floor's cool climate is reminiscent of Carneros and ideal for growing premium Chardonnay. The foothills are warmer, akin to the more Northern reaches of the Napa Valley. Here, the climate is more suited to varieties like Carmenëre, the lost Bordeaux grape that has become Chile's citizen and the basis of Primus, our racy, exotic Chilean blend.
Using the latest viticultural technology developed in California, rootstock has been matched to each vineyard block and clone. Vertical trellising and dense vine spacing balance growth and fruit production. Veramonte's Casablanca vineyard produces significantly lower yields than other grape growing regions in Chile, resulting in grapes with more intensity and concentration.
Recognizing that the region also had potential as a tourist destination for its proximity to Santiago, Huneeus began to plant the estate and in 1995, constructed the first Napa Valley style hospitality center in Chile. The first wines were released in 1996. View all Veramonte Wines
About ChileView a map of Chile wineries (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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16 ratings, 10 with reviewsjmv - Milford, MA57/13/2013Really crisp, clean taste. A great summer wine.PeterM - State College, PA52/14/2013
Wish I had bought a couple of cases. This was a fantastic Sauv Blanc and seems to be out of stock everywhere. Very clean and bright without too much astringency. One of the best of its kind.48/21/2012This was a great summer white. light and reasonable.jjl - San Francisco, CA47/15/2013Great value. Crisp and good acidity.S R Chemist - Columbia, SC46/20/2013
- Light & Crisp
This is an excellent every-day wine that goes with most of the seafood we eat. It has a wonderful grapefruit aroma - lots of citrus. Oops, I see I echoed the winemaker's note.LMGriffin - Hartselle, AL34/18/2013
- Light & Crisp
Quite crisp & citrusy. Very light in flavor. Good Summer wine, especially for the price.Amanda1203 - Belmont, MA44/6/2013
- Light & Crisp
Great sauv blanc - reasonably priced, totally quaffable. We've been buying and drinking it a lot.Guillermo Marquez - Plymouth, MI43/26/2013jimwithjen - Philadelphia, PA41/25/2013
- Light & Crisp
This is a good solid savignon blanc. Not a great one but for the price this is a very good value. I have served it next to $20 bottles and it was just as good if not better. So yes I would buy a case or two of this and serve it all day long by its self or with some fish!ElliotG - Allentown, PA412/27/2012
- Smooth & Supple
It's truly like drinking a grapefruit as the citrus nature of the wine hits the nose upon opening and follows through with an acidic finish that cleans away any signs of what you may have eaten with it. Definitely a wine you want to have with your dinner of fish, chicken, or other lite fare. A very good bargain for such quality!Dam - New York, NY411/5/201239/11/201246/19/2012Very well balanced and smooth. Not overly full bodied -- not unlike some blended Italian wines IMHO.Related Products
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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.
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