Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Leyda Valley in San Antonio Valley, Chile
Cost: $12 (SRP)
Winemaker’s Notes: Pale straw in color with gold reflections. Delicate, youthful aromas of citrus and melon mingled with subtle herbal and grassy notes. Crispy and juicy, this wine is well balanced and mouth filling, with refreshing citrus fruit flavors, a racy acidity, and lingering finish. Delicious with seafood dishes, sushi, sashimi, oysters, leafy green salads, pasta salads, pork chops, and grilled vegetables and soft cheeses.
My Review: The last of my Sauvignon Blanc from Chile. A moment of silence…. Much like Cono Sur previously, I’ve had the opportunity to try MontGras wines in the past, though not this particular vintage. New experiences are a bonus of writing this website. With my ability to find oysters still crippled, my wife and I turned towards a seafood dish for pairing this wine, and it turned out to be a great pairing.
First, let’s talk about the wine. Pale yellow in the glass with plenty of citrus both on the nose and in the mouth. The 2012 MontGras Sauvignon Blanc Reserva is nothing if not crisp, with enough acid to give it some bite, but not enough to make your teeth hurt like you’d eaten too much candy. One of the reasons I favor Sauvignon Blanc from Chile is despite the range of flavor profiles they provide, they almost all provide a crisp, refreshing wine that’s easy to sip on and pair with food.
Our dinner consisted of seared Flonder with yellow and green bean salad all served over millet, courtesy of our new membership in Blue Apron (if you’re busy like us but love to cook, you should definitely check this out). The food had lemon added to it in a couple of places, giving it a nice tart quality that mixed well with the wine, combining for a light, refreshing meal.
Whether or not the 2012 MontGras Sauvignon Blanc Reserva is a good wine or a great wine may be something of a semantic decision. I know that I enjoyed it, that it added something to my meal, and that at roughly $12 a bottle it’s a good value buy for when you want something light and crisp.
Editor’s Note: I received this wine as a free sample for review.