Over years the number of wines on US shelves from South American countries has increased. Value, quality and availability often fluctuate. Some producers stay on the shelves and provide a consistent product year after year. In the case of today's wine from Veramonte it hit US shelves in 1998, exactly a decade ago. Today I'll look at their Sauvignon Blanc. The 2008 Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc is made from fruit sourced in Chile's Casablanca Valley. This wine is 100% varietal. This offering is fermented entirely in stainless steel. 70,000 cases of this wine were imported and the suggested retail price is $10.99.
The Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc has a delicate pale straw color in the glass. The nose is filled with citrus and honeysuckle notes. It really wafts from the glass beckoning you in for a sip. Citrus notes along with gooseberry and honeydew melon are prominent throughout the palate. This Sauvignon Blanc finishes with a clean, crisp acidic bite. It satisfies and calls you back for another sip. This will be a nice wine as an aperitif or matched with lighter dishes such as an entrée salad or goat cheese puff appetizers.
If you're a fan of Sauvignon Blanc made in a style that leans towards citrus flavors this is a good example to check out. This wine is often available for around $8 and with 70,000 cases imported it won't be hard to find. A good bet as a house white. Vermaonte has been a consistent producer from Chile worth investigating from vintage to vintage.
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