2011 Carmen Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

Leyda Valley, Chile; 12.6% ABV
Imported by Trinchero Vineyards, St. Helena, CA
$5 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 22 Oct

2011_Carmen_GranResSB_ChileI picked this up because I’ve liked previous Chilean Sauvignon Blancs, and because the tall bottle and nice label looked like the producers thought a lot of the wine.  It turned out to not quite be my favorite, but still very good.

It seemed too simple and acid at first, but it filled out very nicely after being open about 30 minutes (in the fridge).  It had medium-ripe fruit of lighter citrus and melon, mostly yellow but a tinge of green, and a rich, zesty minerality, with lively, crisp acid.  While it could have been a little more complex, it’s quite full-flavored and tasty.


4 thoughts on “2011 Carmen Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

  1. CMM

    Fresh veggie-toned lemon SB; Eureka lemon, bell pepper-green bean tone, tart acids, medium-light body. I was a bit disappointed, because some of the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world comes from Leyda Valley in Chile (Ameyna or Matetic for example). This misses some of the floral-lime complexities found in those wines. But it’s a good substitute for fans of high acid NZ sauvignon blanc.

    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi CMM and welcome. Thanks for your impressions of and reactions to this wine. Were you the person who, one day in the Berkeley store, was picking up this wine and recommending Leyda Valley Sauvignon Blancs to me?


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