Saturday, March 27, 2010

*** $$ Leyda Sauvignon Blanc, Garuma Vineyard, 2006, San Antonio Valley, Chile - Review and Rating

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Original Review, October, 2008: The Leyda Sauvignon Blanc, Garuma Vineyard, 2006, from San Antonio Valley, Chile, is almost clear in the glass, transparent with a light vanilla cast.

Aromas are bold, suggestive of sweet grasses.

On the palate, you notice a light frame, with a touch of grass in the mid-palate. There is a long, even finish. Two stars with a plus for persistence of aromas and finish.

It worked pretty well with a meal of chicken piccata, glazed carrots and saffron rice.

Wine Spectator awarded 90 points, saying, "Bright and nervy, with ample chalk, lime, sea salt and gooseberry notes followed by a long, chiseled finish. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 110 cases imported."

Updated review, a year and a half later, March, 2010:

Now light butterscotch color in the glass.  Aromas before swirling are sweet, rich lemon grass.  With a swirl, some slate comes through.

The palate is balanced between sugars and acids, subtle grass flavors coming through on a light mineral backbone.  Solid three stars now for its slick delicacy.

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