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Country: Chile  Region: Aconcagua Costa  Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

The Aconcagua Costa is a new Chilean DO, established in 2012. The Ministry of Agriculture officially approved the coastal section of the Valle de Aconcagua as a new viticultural zone, creating the new Denomination of Origin (DO), or appellation. The Aconcagua Costa is a mere 8 miles from the cool Pacific, proven to be an excellent cool climate zone that is particularly suited to white varieties. The vines benefit from the cool breezes, low average temps (57°F average) and 13.8 inches of annual precipitation. Coupled with soil factors, wines produced here are elegant, intensely aromatic, tremendously fresh with crisp acidity.

Their Sauvignon Blanc Reserva is 100% Sauvignon Blanc, from a single parcel on well-drained sandy soil that benefits from a clay bed that keeps the vines watered during the summer months. The cool coastal breezes allow the grapes to ripen gently, producing the distinctive fruity Coastal Aconcagua wines.

Pale green with highlights, this is an aromatic, richly textured, elegantly complex wine. It has bright citric and floral aromas with a hint of honeysuckle. It offers grapefruit, apricot, peach and mango flavors with a delightful touch of spice at the finish. Enjoy it now, chilled, with cold hors d’oeuvres, fresh oysters, scallops in white wine and cream sauce, mussels mariniere, trout meuniere or simply with good company.

In Situ Sauvignon Blanc Reserva: SAUVIGNON BLANC GRAPES — A white with very distinctive dusty character, high in acidity with up-front aromas and flavors. A climate-driven chameleon, Sauvignon Blanc wines may be fruity in character (ripe melon, fig, passion fruit), or vegetative and grassy.  Mostly unoaked, the resulting wines are light to medium bodied and usually dry. Grown in France, South Africa, Spain and California; when from Australia and New Zealand, they produce fresh, flavorful whites. From Chile, expect elegant fruitiness.

 

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