Crisp and Clean: Los Vascos Sauv Blanc Review

los vascos3CorksRATING – 3 corks out of 5 There are plenty of wine drinkers out there who’ve given up on the heavy, oaky California Chardonnay style. Rather than gnaw on a piece of lumber, they’re happily sipping unoaked wines just like Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc Casablanca Valley 2009. This Chilean white got rave reviews for its crisp, clean, but juicy style.

I’ve gotten to expect this style from South American Sauvignon Blancs. Brands such as Montes and Veramonte have been producing Sauv Blancs that are pretty darn close to the legendary Southern Hemisphere Sauv Blanc producer, New Zealand. The Los Vascos has a similarly aromatic nose, with lots of lime, pink grapefruit and just a hint of minerals. There’s a burst of fruit on the front of the palate, with flavors of kiwi, lime, and maybe a bit of pear.

While the finish has plenty of crisp acid, it’s not as extreme as some New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs that seem to turn your mouth inside out. Los Vascos is a little softer, even hinting at a French white Bordeaux (not surprising, since Los Vascos is part of the legendary Barons de Rothschild empire).

The kicker is that this little summer white comes in at $10 or less. For that kind of money you should buy a case this summer and crack a bottle every time you pull up a chair on your deck or patio. Just give it a try, and let us know what you think. Cheers!

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