New from Chile – Montes Spring Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

The Montes Spring Harvest 2015 Sauvignon Blanc

The Montes Spring Harvest 2015 Sauvignon Blanc

Spring Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2015 -available soon

Montes is one of Chile’s premiere wineries. We have been to the Montes winery near Santa Cruz, Chile. We took a wine cellar tour and vineyard walk. The winery is state-of-the-art and beautiful both inside and out. I was recently sent a sample of a new wine from Montes set to hit the U.S. wine markets very soon. It’s the Montes Spring Harvest Sauvignon Blanc. This is such a different style of Sauvignon Blanc. Perhaps it’s more New Zealand style, but nonetheless has its own character. The aroma literally explodes from the glass with fresh citrus and tropical fruit flavors. In the mouth it is more of the same, but I detected a slight vegetative character. Some wine geeks like this while others consider it a flaw. I don’t mind it one bit in this case. The wine also has a generous mouthfeel for a Sauvignon Blanc. The wine was fermented and aged in stainless steel. The most interesting thing about this wine is that the grapes were harvested early, in February of this year. That’s one month early for the Southern Hemisphere harvest. Montes did some serious leaf trimming to get as much sun as possible on the grape clusters. Only 2000 cases of the Spring Harvest Sauvignon Blanc are earmarked for the U.S. The SRP is $15, but you can expect to find it for less than that in many wine shops and supermarkets. 88 Points and very much worth a try.

2011 Perrin Vinsobres Les Cornuds

2011 Perrin Vinsobres Les Cornuds

Perrin et Fils Vinsobres Les Cornuds 2011 – Costco $14.99

The Vinsobres is a wine produced by the Perrin Family. They are the ones that make the famous Chateau de Beaucastel in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. They also have a partnership with Tablas Creek winery in Paso Robles. I found this wine at the South San Francisco Airport Costco. I really enjoyed the subtle spice and the dark fruitiness of the wine. It has great complexity, a wine that keeps changing with each taste. It also has a hint of earthiness. It is a blend of Syrah and Grenache wine. This is a very enjoyable wine and perfect with poultry. has it online for $21.99. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rates at 88 points. For once, I am liking a wine more than Robert Parker. 89 Points and a “Good Buy” at the $14.99 price at Costco.

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  1. This is a consistent, inexpensive Rhone wine, and one of my favorites. If it has a fault, it is that it has to compete with a long list of Rhones, Rousillon blends that score high, taste great, will age somewhat, and are cheap. This one, the Lafage, and Bila Haut are ones that come to mind.

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