San Pedro 1865 Single Vineyard 2011
Several weeks ago I received some wine samples from the Wines of Chile organization for an Online tasting event. I asked some of my fellow Vintage Wine Tasters to help me taste the wines. I have been to wineries in Chile and tasted many Chilean wines. One varietal that always does well from Chile is Sauvignon Blanc, and this week’s pick is one of the best Chilean S.B.’s I have enjoyed. My fellow wine tasters Mike and Jerry agreed.The San Pedro wine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc and has a beautiful balance of citrus, acidity, and minerality. The aroma and flavors in the mouth are intense and varied. The whole experience of drinking this wine is quite pleasurable. The grapes come from a single vineyard in the Leyda Valley of Chile. It is a delightful wine. Wine & Spirits gives it 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast 89 Points. I go with 90 Points.
Unfortunately, I could not find this wine available at any of my local wine shops, so I did a hunt online using Google. Wine-Searcher.com had been my “go-to” application for hunting down wines, but now Google’s search tool has improved. I find Google much more efficient. From my search I found that the best place to buy this wine was the online flash wine site, Last Call Wines. The list price for this wine is $19 according to my spec sheet from Wines of Chile. Last Call Wines is selling it for $13.99 with free shipping if you purchase 4 or more. Interestingly, Last Call Wines states that the regular retail price for this wine is $24.99. That of course is misleading since the San Pedro Winery and its distributors are suggesting $19. The Last Call Wines customers think they’re getting a much bigger discount based on the inflated suggested retail price. I did go ahead and order four of these wines to have handy during the holidays. I also found the wine on the new Amazon wine shop selling for $19.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and if you are trying to decide which wines to serve, you might want to read wine columnist Jon Bonne’s article available on S.F. Gate.