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Viña Caliterra Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Caliterra was established in 1996 as a joint venture between the families of Robert Mondavi and Viña Errazuriz. In January 2004 Viña Errazuriz became the sole owners of Caliterra, at the heart of which is the impressive 1000ha Caliterra Estate. The name Caliterra is taken from 'Calidad' spanish for quality and 'Tierra' - land. The wine making philosophy of Caliterra is to produce environmentaly friendly quality wines in the heart of the Colchagua Valley. The focus is around the 1000ha Caliterra estate in Colchagua where 242ha are currently under vine. Crucially a large proportion of this estate, and all new plantings, are on prime hillside sites resulting in high quality fruit and complex wines. Caliterra as a truly International brand, the focus has been on developing export markets as the basis for supporting growth. Today, Caliterra is sold in 50 countries on five continents. This year the grapes were harvested one week before the date of harvest 2008 and in two opportunities, with one week difference. The concept was to count with a higher aroma spectrum in order to play with at the moment of making the final blend. The first lot reaffirms the citric and herb aromas, the second lot contributes with fruit notes such as green apples and nectarines, characteristic from mild zones. The fruit was harvested very early in the morning and transported to the winery where the must was protected from oxidation using low temperatures. This 'Tributo Sauvignon Blanc' has a very pale yellow colour and greenish highlights on the edge. Soft aromas of green asparagus, lemon and tangerines, complemented with mineral notes feel fantastic on the palate. A perfect ending makes freshness and elegance last for a long time.
An OK to pretty good Chardonnay. A slight sour finish prevents me from rating this a 4 out of 5. The start is slightly buttery with a touch of spring floral and apples. However the slight sour bite at the end prevents it from truly shining. I also gave this vintage a few tries and bought each bottle from a different store to see if it was a bad bottle (this wine came highly recommended from a friend so I had to try to love it). For the price its not a bad way to go and I think you will be happy, but with a little extra effort there are better Chilean Chardonnays to be had at the same price. P.S. I live in, and purchased/drank it in, Chile so I doubt the issue is shipping or anything like that.
External Reviews for Viña Caliterra Sauvignon Blanc
Whatrsquo;s so nice about this wine is that it doesnrsquo;t get in your face with an excess of everything. Modulated apple and peach flavors are treated with just the right dose of lees and oak, while bright acids provide needed crispness. It has an elegance that belies the giveaway price.
Vanilla and toast notes dominate the light apple flavor in this clean but simple white. It has a crisp core of lemony acidity. Drink now.
A blend of fruit from three wine valleys, this is a medium-bodied, simple Chardonnay. Asparagus notes in the nose and just a pinch of wood on the flavor profile. Honeyed and soft in the mouth. More good than bad.
Light, leesy flavors give this a Macirc;con-like simplicity. No element is taken too far; the ripeness holds to a dry pineapple flavor, the oak lends toast and a light, buttery richness without marginalizing the fruit. Balanced and correct.
Caliterra Chardonnay is a medium-bodied, elegant wine. Distinctive varietal characters are layered with vanilla and toffee notes. Between 20% and 50% of the blend is aged in oak, depending on the vintage. partial malolactic fermentation contributes additional complexity. This wine features ripe apple, pear and tropical fruit aroma, with floral notes, vanilla and spice on the palate.
Ripe, a bit blowsy, and sweet on the finish; this generous white offers tropical fruit and vanilla flavors, round but soft. Drink now.
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