2010 Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc Single Vineyard

Year: 2010
Appellation: Casablanca Valley
Country: Chile
Wine Spectator: 86
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 89
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"This plump white offers lemon curd and verbena notes, leading to a straw hint on the finish. Drink now." (WS)

"The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Single Vineyard (La Escultura) received a bit of barrel fermentation. It is a more focused offering than the regular cuvee delivering aromas of citrus, spring flowers, and baking spices. Vibrant, nicely proportioned and lengthy, it is a very good value meant for drinking over the next 1-2 years.

Errazuriz, under the direction of Eduardo Chadwick, turns out a bevy of wines of exceptional value and quality." (WA)

"($16) Light gold. Exotically perfumed scents of passion fruit, tangerine and melon, plus a hint of honey. A round, fleshy rendition of the variety, offering lush orchard and pit fruit flavors and a hint of smoky oak spice. Finishes broad and long, with the passion fruit and smoke notes echoing." (IWC)

"Bright, bursting aromatics of green apple, white peach and summer grass are pungent yet controlled. The palate has a fresh, friendly feel that supports papaya, passion fruit and lime flavors. This is full of pop and typicity; it lasts on the finish and mixes the best of leesy weight and tropicality. — M.S. (6/1/2011)" (WE)

Winery Notes:
The La Escultura vineyard is located west of the city of Santiago in the Valley de Casablanca and just 32 km (20 mi) from the Pacific Ocean. The valley has a coastal influence that moderates temperatures during the ripening period. Summer is moderately warm, with early morning fog and cool coastal breezes in the afternoon that encourage slow ripening of the grapes, which helps to preserve natural flavours and aromas and ensures good levels of acidity. These conditions make the Valle de Casablanca a privileged place for producing cold climate varieties such as Chardonnay. The fine clay and sandy-loam soils have low vigour potential. The vertically-trained, drip-irrigated vineyard was planted in 1997 with clones 96 and 548, which produce different styles of grapes that enhance the complexity of the final blend.

Average temperatures in La Escultura this year were slightly higher than last year’s and the past three years’ average. The decrease in production was primarily due to poor induction of the buds that burst in spring 2010, the product of the low temperatures in November 2009. This, in addition to a very cold spring 2010 that affected the differentiation of buds as well as fruit set produced lighter-weight bunches with fewer set berries. The challenge for white grapes was two-fold. On the one hand, we had to be careful not to wait too long for the delayed and somewhat heterogeneous phenolic maturation, and on the other we had to refrain from performing pre-fermentation macerations to prevent potential phenolic and bitter notes. In regard to the effects of the climate on the quality of the wines, the whites display very intense fruit and very good acidity, leading to juicy and refreshing wines.

A pale yellow colour with green tints. This is quite an exuberant wine, very intensely aromatic with lush tropical fruit such as passion fruit in perfect balance with the mineral notes and herbal tones so classic of cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc. This wine has a silky palate, great volume, and a lively freshness. An excellent, complex and intense wine that represents the best the Aconcagua Costa has to offer.