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Kingston Family Cariblanco Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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750ML / 13% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The Cariblanco has always been deceptively full bodied for a wine that sees very little oak. It does not rely on ripeness to fill out the palate; the 2017 Cariblanco checks in at 13.1% alcohol. Not super low, but modest by New World standards. The combination of “pretty” fruit aromatics—yellow and green fruits, floral notes and just a hint of herbs—with pure, racy flavors on the palate is hard to resist. It is a refreshing drink all by itself, but it will accompany seafood and lighter white meats admirably.

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W&S 93
Wine & Spirits
Sauvignon shines in Las Dichas, six miles from the Pacific, where the vines are refreshed by cold winds off the sea. This wine’s aromas are timid, but the ripe fruit flavors and the penetrating acidity compensate for that aromatic shyness. This is creamy even as it’s refreshing, the flavors lasting as they will last in the cellar, where the wine will only gain in charm over the next few years.
JS 93
James Suckling
A really complex nose with the whole spectrum of ripe sauvignon aromas (citrus, melon, passion fruit). A hint of herbal character makes it more lively. Juicy and elegant with a long, polished finish.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The subtle 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Cariblanco reminded me more of a wine from Sancerre than anything from New Zealand, with moderate acidity and a tasty saltiness, with moderate alcohol and good grip and citrus and white fruit aromas and flavors, with contained herbal aromas. Remarkably fresh for one of the warmest years in Casablanca. 6,384 bottles produced. It was bottled in September 2017.
TA 91
Tim Atkin

Combining one third each of barrel-, egg- and stainless steel-fermented components, as well as a little skin contact, this tangy, stony, complex Sauvignon has notes of celery and grapefruit. 2018-21. Alcohol: 13%

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Kingston Family, South America
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The Kingston Family first came to Chile in the early 1900's. Carl John Kingston, the patriarch and pioneer, came to Chile looking for copper (good idea) and gold (crazy idea). "Gramps" Kingston was an American originally from Central Mine, Michigan, which exists only as a ghost town today in Michigan's upper peninsula.

The Kingstons settled in Casablanca in the 1920's. One of Gramps's dreams of finding the "Gramps" Kingston motherlode yielded a 7,500 acre ranch with a herd of cattle, but no gold. Rumor has it that there is some gold deep down under "the Farm", but it is apparently so far down that maybe our great-great-grandchildren will hit pay-dirt.

Through the years, generations of Kingstons have been raised in the "casa patronal" on the Farm in Casablanca. Our wine's label is inspired by this old house still standing today.

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A region that has become synonymous with some of the best whites of Chile, the Casablanca Valley is full of dozens of bodegas who either grow fruit here or come from outside to source from local growers for their own white wine programs. The valley runs from east to west, which means that its westernmost vineyards receive the most cooling influence from the reliable afternoon sea breezes. The soils also tend to be heavier in clay in the west, whereas the eastern end of the valley is warmer and its soils are predominantly granitic. Sauvignon blanc thrives here, Chardonnay does well and Pinot noir is not uncommon.

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A crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character, Sauvignon Blanc is responsible for a vast array of wine styles. However, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. The variety is of French provenance, and is most important in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. It also shines in New Zealand, California, Australia and parts of northeastern Italy. Chile and South Africa are excellent sources of high-quality, value-priced Sauvignon Blanc.

Tasting Notes for Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is a dry white wine. In its homeland, Bordeaux, winemakers prefer to blend it with Sémillon to produce a softer, richer style. In the Loire Valley, Sauvignon Blanc expresses citrus, flint and smoky flavors, especially from in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Marlborough, New Zealand often produces a pungent and racy version, reminiscent of cut grass, gooseberry and grapefruit. California's style is fruit-driven, in either a soft and oak-aged or snappy and fresh version.

Perfect Food Pairings for Sauvignon Blanc

The freshness of Sauvignon blanc’s flavor lends it to a range of light, summery dishes including salad, seafood and mild Asian cuisine. Sauvignon Blanc settles in comfortably at the table with notoriously difficult foods like artichokes or asparagus. When combined with Sémillon (and perhaps some oak), it matches well with complex seafood and chicken dishes.

Sommelier Secrets for Sauvignon Blanc

Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. That green bell pepper aroma that all three varieties share is no coincidence—it comes from a high concentration of pyrazines (herbaceous aromatic compounds) inherent to each member of the family.

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