Part 2 of my exploring Sauvignon Blancs from Chile… Chilean Sauvignon Blanc and Oysters are a natural wine pairing, I hear. I don’t know, because I’m allergic to shell fish, so I’ll depend on you folks to tell me how fabulous the flavors are. Go ahead… wax poetic in the comments.
Casa Silva, 2012 cool coast Sauvignon Blanc ~ Colchagua
When I went to the Casa Silva Website to get more information, I found this graphic. (Brush up on your Spanish. The English version isn’t available right now.) You need to know that I did some work getting this one image for you. Their image is too large to fit my monitor screen, so I had to bring it in in three separate pieces and splice it together to give you one image. It’s worth it to go to their site and see this one for yourself. It’s interactive and fun. Just CLICK on my image. It will take you to their site.
The wine was equally delicious as the others from this Colchagua region. From wines of Chile: Located 180 km (110 mi) south of Santiago, the southernmost portion of the Rapel Valley is one of Chile’s best known wine regions and has earned much applause for its full-bodied Cabernet, Carménère, Syrah, and Malbec, and its wines regularly appear high on the world’s lists of leading wines. The majority of the wineries are concentrated in the center of the valley, although new plantations climb hillsides and explore the western frontier toward the sea.
The Silva Family pioneered grape growing in the Colchagua Valley, planting their first vineyards in 1892. The fruit for this wine was sourced from Paredones Vineyard, just seven miles from the Pacific Ocean. Harvest for this Chilean fruit was in March of 2012. You have got to click on this link to see this vineyard rotate into a 360 degree circle. This is the best Website with graphics I’ve ever seen. I sipped their deliciously tart Sauvignon Blanc as I enjoyed their tutorial. It’s a bit dizzying, because you can have so much fun with it, while it is still completely amazing technologically perfected. I had an “Oh Wow!” moment.
- First, click on Vineyards (Viñedos)
- Next click on Paredones Vineyard
- Finally, click on the 360° button and get ready to be amazed.
- Move your cursor, with or without using their buttons.
This Casa Silva, 2012 cool coast Sauvignon Blanc seems like it would be muy delicioso with oysters, or would be un aperitivo espléndido. You could also go for something like a creamy dill asparagus soup… Delish! Well made, perfectly balanced, it’s a great wine and food wine…
Last, but not least… Santa Ema, Select Terroir 2012 Sauvignon Blanc ~ Maipo Valley
This is the only one from the Maipo Valley, so let’s review that valley, first. Look under Santiago on the map, and you’ll see the Maipo Valley. It appears to be in the heart of Chile’s wine grape growing and producing of the country. From WinesofChile.org: Closest wine region to the city of Santiago. Vineyards stretch eastward from Santiago to the Andes and westward to the coast to form three distinct sectors of the Maipo Valley best known for its well-balanced red wines. Alto Maipo reaches into the foothills and produces some of Chile’s leading Cabernets. Central Maipo is one of the country’s oldest and most diverse productive regions, and Coastal Maipo—a relative newcomer—benefits from the cool maritime influence that slides over and between the Coastal Mountains.
I cannot reiterate enough, the absence of pyrazine in all of these wines was pretty refreshing, and a step away from the predictably usual Meow Factor.
Light, refreshing… I find the same characteristics in all four of the wines offered, with this one having the most body. the Santa Ema, Select Terroir 2012 Sauvignon Blanc ~ Maipo Valley had pear and Meyer lemon notes, with a touch of apricot on the finish. This one with a brie cheese, as your busily shucking your oysters would be un reunión divertida. I’d serve this one for a Thanksgiving meal, where I’d be serving the others for Christmas and New Years.
Very delicious wines being offered from Chile… I’ll have to get myself there someday, so I can get deeper into each story. The wealth of stories from this country must be fenomenal. It would also allow me to brush up (actually use) my pitiful Spanish… But, I do try and love the culture of mi marido.