Echeverria 2011 Sauvignon Blanc “Classic Collection”

Curico Valley, Chile; 13% ABV
$3 at the Richmond, CA, store on 3 April

Echeverria_2011_SauvBlancI think I bought all the Echeverria wines that appeared during the sale: the Reserva, this wine, the Chardonnay, and the Carménère that EHL has praised.  This wine is also quite good for the price.

It seemed to need a little air before showing moderately ripe yellow melon and lemon in a well-structured minerality, with pleasantly crisp acid.  There’s also a slight, funky woodiness that is a little odd but hardly awful.  Although it’s not the most complex, it’s very good at its low price.

The next day, the rest left in the fridge was more forwardly fruity, less structured, and much less funky, but otherwise very similar.  In case anyone has the chance to make the decision between two $3 Sauvignon Blancs, I thought the Kaikoura, although in a different style, was better.



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