OK! Back to business – tasting primarily inexpensive wines. This Chilean Sauvignon Blanc from Trader Joe’s is definitely a budget-friendly selection. In fact, I almost didn’t grab it because of my last experience with a $3.99 bottle of wine. Happily, this TJ private label was worth investigating.
Winemaker: VSPT, Vitacura for Trader Joe’s
Wine: Trader Joe’s Viñas Chilenas Sauvignong Blanc Reserva
Varietal: Sauvignong Blanc
Appellation: Valle Central, Chile
Price: $3.99 at Trader Joe’s
Notes: In the glass this wine is a pretty light yellow. On the nose I found scents of citrus, pear and honeysuckle. Flavors for me were a core of lemon throughout, hints of pear, and some zest at the finish. I would almost add a bit of honey, except it wasn’t the taste of honey but the sweetness. In fact, at times the flavors came together in a lemon drop sort of way (not as intense as the candy). This is a light wine – light-bodied and light on the taste buds. Alcohol is at 12%, and acidity is good. Light though it is, I think it could stand up to a Sea Bass or Tilapia entree.
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