Crucero Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Although you can’t tell it from my posts on this blog, I’ve been drinking mostly reds for weeks now.  Perhaps it would help if I were better about getting my posts up in a timely manner.  Then you might know I’ve been enjoying reds of late.  And that is one of my New Year’s resolutions – to be more diligent about posting my wine experiences here.  Not doing too well so far, but there is time (and room) for improvement.  Ha!

Anyway, I was in the store the other day browsing and found myself drawn to the white wine shelves.  I even commented to the staff that I seemed to have a hankering for a white wine despite the chilly weather and piles of snow hanging around.  Having given voice to my thoughts, I decided to take action.

Winemaker:  Crucero
Varietal:  Sauvignion Blanc
Vintage:  2014
Appellation:  Curicó Valley, Chile
Price:  $9.99 at Whole Foods

Notes:  This Chilean Sauvignon Blanc was light-bodied and a light yellow in the glass.  On the nose I found plenty of citrus and a touch of pear.  Flavors basically mirrored the bouquet with the addition of warm spice notes.  Acidity was fairly bright, and alcohol was at 13%.  Quite pleasant overall.

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Terrenal Chardonnay 2012

Peck_TerrenalChardonnay2012I am trying to mix things up here by not repeating too often back-to-back.  In other words, I’m trying to jump around and taste wines from different areas and of different varieties each time.  I hope that keeps the site fresh and interesting for folks who drop in.  This time I did travel to South America again. [Remember, I travel by bottle on this blog.]  However, I hopped over the Andes to Chile via Chardonnay.

It’s interesting the things one learns while preparing to blog about a wine.  For instance, did you know that the word “terrenal” means “of the earth”  and “curicó” reportedly means “black waters?”  Thankfully, though, the names of the winery and the valley where the grapes were grown do not seem to have affected the characteristics of this wine in the least.  Which is good, because I don’t know that I’d enjoy an earthy Chardonnay that was a deep pitch color in the glass.  Here’s what I found instead.

Winemaker:  Terrenal (Jose Pedro Gomez)
Varietal:  Chardonnay
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  Curicó Valley, Chile
Price:  $4.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  This Chilean Chardonnay is very light-bodied and a pale yellow in the glass.  On the nose I found citrus and ripe pear.  Flavors for me were citrus aplenty with notes of pear and toasty oak, finishing on a zing of lemon grass.  There is also just a touch of chalkiness.  Acidity is fairly bright, and alcohol is at 13.5%.  This wine is also kosher.  I mentioned that the wine is light-bodied.  Indeed, it is.   If you want more viscosity (that coat-the-tongue feeling almost like oil) and/or a big, bold flavor profile that many Californian and Australian Chardonnays have become known for — this is not your Chardonnay.  That being said, it is an AOK wine, and I think it will pair just fine with almost any seafood.  And, it’s $4.99!

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