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Sauvignon Blanc, 2011. Tololo
Item # L713W3

Sauvignon Blanc, 2011. Tololo

Vintage: 2011
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard/Appellation: Curico Valley, Chile
Color: Pale yellow
Nose: Herbal with hints of spice
Palate: Tropical, herbal and citrus flavors
Finish: Sweet and tart
Rating: 94
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now through 2015
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Every wine has a story, but many are forgotten fast or shall never be mentioned. This one stuck. Human nature is intrinsically curious. From childhood on we are driven by many questions. Why, how, when, who are the most obvious. We are driven to the point that we seek to explain the unexplainable, going as far as placing huge mirrors in the universe to look even deeper into the dark.

One of these mirrors is called the Hubble telescope, and is best accessed from an observatory on top of the Andes Cordilleras named Tololo. Famous for its uniquely crisp and clear, unpolluted night skies, this Grand Junction sparks curiosity from its surrounding universe. It is at the Earth's opposite side of Lhasa, the Himalaya's spiritual center where tales of indigenous people report of similar powers. Here is where ideas are brewing. And as every wine is not only the result of nature's own doing but also an expression of man's confrontation with nature, Tololo stands for exactly this: curiosity.

The label is a simple representation of the above idea - he who is curious is looking up into the night sky. The observatory connects the Hubble with the Sun, the Moon and the stars, and we watch from below. All pretty heady stuff for a mere bottle of wine.

Tololo wines are not grown in one specific region in Chile, but rather are sourced from the best vineyards from all over Chile's outstanding vineyards west of the Andes. The focus is on fresh, honest fruit obtained by the best farming methods, no or minimal wooden aging and early bottling to preserve all those fresh fruit characteristics that speak for themselves. The creamy fresh fruit, silky soft tannins, and bright finishes are benchmarks and fortunately come at a relatively modest price.

This beauty is no exception. It certainly doesn't disappoint when showing all of its tell tale tropical, herbal and citrus flavors. You won't mistake it for anything else when the sweet and tart flavors envelop your palate and slide down graciously taking the flavors of the curried shrimp with it.