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Ritual Casablanca Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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750ML / 14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

An extraordinary season, with significant rainfall in the winter, accumulating a record average of the last ten years in the Casablanca Valley. Temperatures were moderate during the whole season, giving way to a slow maturity curve, achieving very good quality physiological maturity. The grapes were harvested in optimum condition, with the maximum fruit expression of the Casablanca Valley, delivering fresh, intense and long wines.

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JS 91
James Suckling
This offers bright, lively fresh-lemon and pastry aromas that lead to a palate that has a smooth delivery of lemon and green-apple flavors.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The super austere and serious 2018 Ritual Sauvignon Blanc is not really very varietal and has more restrained aromas, more about texture and mouthfeel. It has pungent and tasty flavors, with vibrant acidity and a great mouthfeel.
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Ritual, South America
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Ritual is a labor of love. It connects us to the land we farm, to healthy living soil, and to the daily rituals of artisanal winemaking. The estate is situated in the extreme eastern end of Chile’s Casablanca Valley, set against the dramatic sweeping beauty of the coastal range and heavily influenced by the cooling effects of the Pacific Ocean and Humboldt Current —ideal growing conditions for cool climate wines. Following organic practices, the winemaking team uses compost to feed the soils to promote a balanced and self-regulated ecosystem, cover cropping and seeding for revitalizing the soils and sheep to help mow the grass and act as a natural fertilizer. The vineyards are surrounded by 6000 acres of native forest, creating a balanced, biodiverse landscape for healthy vines to thrive alongside natural wildlife corridors and native vegetation. Winemaker Sofia Araya produces Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, and the wines are aged in combinations of neutral oak, concrete eggs, and stainless-steel tanks.
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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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Capable of a vast array of styles, Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character. Though it can vary depending on where it is grown, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. This variety is of French provenance. Somm Secret—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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