Root 1 Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Food pairings: Enjoy with grilled vegetables, ceviche or a ripe tomato marinara.
Founded in 1993, TerraNoble has consistently produced high-quality wines that are a rich expression of the unique terroir of Chile. Driven by a passion for viticulture and dedicated to producing top-rated wines from premier appellations, the wines of TerraNoble represent the ultimate in varietal expression. The philosophy of TerraNoble is to produce modern, high-quality wines with an incredible precision of style, elegant flavors, and aromas that exemplify the unique characteristics of each varietal. Located in the Maule Valley, TerraNoble has more than 360 hectares under vine in prime vineyard locations in the Maule, Colchagua and Casablanca valleys. Each property was specially selected to elicit the best attributes of each grape variety. The TerraNoble line is all stainless steel production, resulting in clean, balanced profiles. The wines see time in oak barrels, producing a range of full-bodied wines with dynamic structure, rich flavor and complexity.l regions.
One of South America’s most important wine-producing countries, Chile is a reliable source of both budget-friendly wines and premium bottlings. Spanish settlers, Juan Jufre and Diego Garcia de Cáceres, most likely brought Vitis vinifera (Europe’s wine producing vine species) to the Central Valley of Chile some time in the 1550s. But Chile’s modern wine industry is largely the result of heavy investment from the 1990s.
Long and narrow, Chile is geographically isolated, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Andes Mountains to the east and the Atacama desert to the north. These natural borders allowed Chile to avoid the disastrous phylloxera infestation in the late 1800s and as a result, vines are often planted on their own rootstock rather than grafted (as is the case in much of the wine producing world).
Chile’s vineyards vary widely in climate and soil type from north to south. The Coquimbo region in the far north contains the Elqui and Limari Valleys, where minimal rainfall and intense sunlight are offset by chilly breezes from the Humboldt Current. While historically focused solely on Pisco production, today this area finds success with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Aconcagua region contains the eponymous Aconcagua Valley—hot and dry and home to full-bodied red wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot—as well as Casablanca Valley and San Antonio Valley, which focus on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The Central Valley is home to the Maipo, Rapel, Curicó and Maule Valleys, which produce a wide variety of red and white wines. Maipo in particular is known for Carmenère, Chile’s unofficial signature grape. In the up-and-coming southern regions of Bio Bio and Itata make excellent Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.