Trader Joe’s Viñas Chilenas Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2012

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
Vintage:  2012
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.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur. See “About” for the full disclaimer.

5 thoughts on “Trader Joe’s Viñas Chilenas Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2012

  1. Come on $3.99 a bottle? In Canada, our beer almost costs that. Although we do have some ‘value’ wines, they don’t some close to $3.99 as they’re usually in the $8 – $12 range. I’m jealous. Maybe a swing into Port Huron or Buffalo for some smuggling?

    • I had no idea. Although most of the really cheap wines here aren’t all that. Of course, we might pay more here out-of-pocket for a visit to the internal medicine doc for a liver check-up. lol

  2. I’m always jealous of you when you purchase your wines at Trader Joe’s! I stopped at one when I was on my way home from Minneapolis a couple of weeks ago and I loved it. Now I wish I had taken a closer look at their wine selection and stocked up on some inexpensive options!

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