Emiliana 2011 Novas Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley)

emiliana sb The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude; to lose itself in mazes of inward contemplation. (Kate Chopin, The Awakening)

The smell of the sea is no less seductive, though it sometimes carries with it the scent of decay.

This wine will have you thinking of sea foam and shipwrecks. A whiff of fresh, briny air is the first thing to leap from a glass of this gem, followed by hints of asparagus and pear that accent more dominant citrus notes. This is a complex, intense nose.

The mineral-laced palate leaves a slight glycerin impression with surprising weight, but it is fleeting as the bracing acidity takes over and leads a graceful transition from fruit to chalk. A long, cool, menthol finish will leave your palate refreshed and wanting more.

Some versions of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc can be excessively grassy and vegetal. Others try to mimic the ripe fruit of California. This one seems  to have found a distinctive niche. Perhaps this will be the authentic flavor of these up and coming regions near the Pacific Ocean, such as Casablanca, where the warm Chilean sun is tempered by coastal breezes.

Chilean Sauvignon Blanc is growing in stature and, at this price, this is an excellent way of gaining familiarity with a region whose white wines are often overlooked.

Price: $14

Score: 88/100


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