Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2009, Chile
WHAT: A delightfully refreshing example of Sauvignon Blanc, brimming with citrus flavors and aromas, particularly grapefruit.
The wine starts with a huge citrus nose. After a few minutes the aroma toned down a little, but was still delightful. The taste is mellow and smooth, with lots of fruit. It has a long, crisp finish.
Some in our group thought it tasted like a sweet, fresh-squeezed grapefruit except it didn't have the same tartness. It's an outstanding example of what Sauvignon Blanc should be.
WINERY: The first Veramonte wine was sold in 1996, but owner Agustin Huneeus decided in 1990 that a large tract of land in Chile's Casablanca Valley would be perfect for his winery. A state-of-the-art winery was built there in 1998, and offers popular tours. The wines have won many awards for Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Primus, a rich, spicy blend of Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
GOES WITH: I had this with hard cheeses (cheddar, Jarlsberg Swiss and Colby) and it was terrific. It also went surprisingly well with Chicken Yakatori, made with a marinade of soy sauce, ginger, mirin and garlic. It also would go well with salads, sushi and Asian food.