A Need For Balance
As a result, the whites are chilled down and consumed before the bottle can gather any dust. In our new state of North Carolina, there has been a great deal of heat – and a crisp white refreshes more than a heavy red.
With this thought in mind, I decided I needed to add a few whites to our stockpile.
Going Down South To Chile
Chile is long and narrow, with a length of 3,000 miles, but rarely more than 100 miles wide. It has three major geographic divisions, Costa (Coast), Andes (for the famous mountain range) and Entre Cordilleras (between the mountains, for those areas between the low coastal range and the Andes). A number of rivers slice the country horizontally running from the Andes west to the sea.
Aila: The Sacred Word
With our wine properly chilled, we were ready to see if my three-bottle gambit paid off.
In the glass the wine is light yellow with an aroma of cut grass, a hallmark of Sauvignon Blanc. The body is light, but that’s where the similarity with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc comes to an end.
The flavor profile offers grapefruit and Meyer lemon. It also has an unusual and engaging aftertaste. Green Dragon and I tried unsuccessfully to categorize it.
I pulled out my Les Nez Du Vin aroma kit to try to pin it down. The winner? blackcurrant bud, although Green Dragon didn’t fully agree. It has a unique freshness, with ample minerality and a satisfying juiciness.
The verdict from me is two thumbs up. Green Dragon is still wedded to her New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, so it may take the second or third bottle to fully win her over.
We’d recommend wines from Chile, and specifically Leyda Valley, as great values and well-crafted flavors. Stock up in quantity!