Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region: San Antonio, Valle de Leyda – Chile
Cost: $18 (SRP)
Winemaker’s Notes: Aromas of fresh fruit, peach, nectarine, and floral notes. Flavors show a nice touch of fresh ginger, dried apricot, and white tea flavors. Generous, with a refreshing core of acidity that imparts a juicy and salty finish.
My Review: The last of a pack of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc that I received a month ago and it didn’t disappoint. While Chilean Sauvignon Blanc has always been a house favorite, these wines have really impressed me–they’ve had good, balanced acidity, and the recurring saline note thanks to the vineyards’ proximity to the ocean has been perfect during the hot North Carolina summer. The 2021 Koyla Costa La Flor continued the trend.
In the glass the wine was a light yellow with slashes of green that showed up under light. On the nose I got aromas of nectarine and citrus, with a hint of fresh floral aromas. In the mouth the wine was juicy and balanced, with good acidity and flavors of citrus, white tea, and a beautiful saline finish that was thirst-quenching and made you want to go in for more.
My wife I paired the wine with salmon that we cooked on a cedar plank in the grill and orzo with asparagus. The crisp citrus notes were a great balance to the salmon, and the hint of saline on the wine provided a beautiful finish that helped to prevent the fish from overly coating my palate.
For $18 this is a great value wine, and one I would happily pick back up. I loved the balanced acidity, since in the past I’ve had Chilean Sauvignon Blanc that had so much acid and citrus that I could feel it eating away at my teeth–not so with this wine.
While I paired it with salmon (and it was a great pairing), I think it would also pair well with ceviche, herb roasted chicken, or some oysters (the salinity of the wine would be amazing with some oysters).
Disclosure: I received this wine as a free sample for review.