Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Chilean Sauvignon Blanc

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Cono Sur Vision Single Vineyard Casablanca Valley (2011)
Comments: Ripe fruit with a touch of creaminess on the nose leads to a slightly vegetal, green fruit and apricot nose that smells a bit sweet. On entry, this shows dusty soil tones that are bright and fresh up front and become a little leesy on the mid-palate. Mid-palate is creamy with citrus and unripe peach flavors. Shows good length with dusty quartz notes on the nicely long fish. This shows a touch of fig flavor on the back end and through the cut finish. 89pts
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2 Matetic Eq Sauvignon Blanc Coastal Casablanca (2011)
Comments: Sweet and soft on the nose with a gentle mineral note lending nice, gentle complexity and making this a bit smoky. Fresh and clear on entry with a sweet vegetal aspect to the asparagus and canned peas. Just a touch of canned corn reduction. Salty finish gains a nice little melon note, sweet lime and a peachy background. 88pts
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3 Concha Y Toro Sauvignon Blanc Terrunyo (2011)
Comments: Earthy, leesy, floral, dusty and mineral on the nose with subdued, innate greengage plum sweetness. On the palate this is open and fairly rich with some herbal notes, more melon and a touch of gunpowder, all leading to a soft yet fairly intense finish with lemon oil notes. 88pts
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4 Viña Cono Sur Sauvignon Blanc San Antonio Valley Organic (2011)
Comments: Riper than their regular bottling with a bit of guava, nice spice and a touch of roasted chili. Bright, dry and firm on entry with nice lime fruit up front followed by a hint of tropical fruit. Round, slightly grassy and showing a bit of currant fruit on the back end. A nice mineral wash with the fruit on the finish. 87pts
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5 Sauvignon Blanc "Reserva" Polyball (2011)
Comments: Stony on the nose with a light sweetness of greengage plum that’s spicy with a green herbal, tomato leaf edge. On entry this shows pineapple with vibrant acids. Really racy, crisp and fresh with some light green plum skin fruit on the finish. A bit simple but wildly refreshing. 87pts
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6 Concha Y Toro Sauvignon Blanc Marques de Casa Concha (2011)
Comments: Lightly grassy on the nose with a bit of tropical fruit and a nice jalapeño edge. Has almost a touch of apricot early on entry. This is bright and fruity with fresh lemon, kiwi and lime fruit that is bright and succulent. Dusty mineral note, decent length. 86pts
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7 Oveja Negra Reserva Sauvignon Blanc/Carmenere Maule Valley Chile (2011)
Comments: Sweet on the nose with currant fruit, very little green herb and some nice lime zest top notes, along with a little creamy pear and maybe some pineapple. Round, ripe fruit. A little peachy on the palate with citrus and pineapple fruit, plus nice spice and acid on the moderate finish. Just a little dusty. 86pts
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8 Viñedos Bouchon J. Sauvignon Blanc Maule Valley las Mercedes (2011)
Comments: Woody with bacon fat aromas over some green fruit, with a hint of nettle on the nose. This is bright in the mouth with some dissolved CO2 adding a touch of detail to the nicely smooth feel. Round and lush with a bit of apple and melon fruit. This shows a touch of wood tannin on the back end. Short, clean and fresh if not sapid. 85pts
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9 Matetic Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Corralillo (2011)
Comments: Fresh on the nose with a green pea, sweet vegetal note, framed with jalapeño. Lime, kiwi and gooseberry come together on the sweet and vibrant palate that features huge acids, lending nice wash on the finish. This does still show an edge of sweetness on the finish. 85pts
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10 Santa Rita Medalla Real Sauvignon Blanc Leyda (2011)
Comments: Gooseberry, asparagus, kiwi, currant and lime all come together on the sweet nose. The palate shows an additional sour note, a bit of grass, mulchy grass. A bit of sweetness on the finish adds tropical guava and papaya fruit. A touch lean. 84pts
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11 Cono Sur Bicycle Sauvignon Blanc Valle Central (2011)
Comments: Fresh with a touch of green herb and tarragon on the nose, all over kiwi and gooseberry fruit. This shows a lovely mouth feel. A touch of RS balances the acid, which is sort of soft but still perky on the back end, with sour melon and lemon notes. Short on the finish. 83pts
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