Sunday, May 15, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: *** $ P.K.N.T. (PKNT) Silver Collection Sauvignon Blanc, Maule Valley, Chile, 2010 (PRACTICALLY FREE, BEST VALUE)

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By way of background: Maule Valley, Chile, is better known for its red than white wines.  But today, we'll be sampling a sauvignon blanc from the region.

Initial review : This is P.K.N.T. (PKNT) Silver Collection Sauvignon Blanc, Maule Valley, Chile, 2010, finished at 13.% alcohol.  In some outlets, this is selling at a "practically free" price.

In the glass: Clear with hints of yellow and vanilla. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows crispy apple plus steely lemon citrus and a surprising hint of cinnamon. From the aroma, seems like this will be solid, bright, with a core of lemon fruit and bold acids.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact mellow, sweet and smooth on the mid-palate, almost velvety.  The flavors are a subtle apple compote with just a squeeze of lemon.  This is followed by a potent, but not nearly overpowering, spicy acidity, just enough to bolster and support the svelte middle frame.  The finish poises nicely, but grows a touch cloying with sugar just as it wraps up.

In summary: Overall, a uniquely balanced sauvignon blanc, rating three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.   At this price, a no-brainer "best value".

Following long decant, several days kept cool in partially-filled bottle:   The apple and lemon crisp nose shows some definite sugar now.  Still mellow and slick on the palate, same as several days ago.

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