Sauvignon Blanc, 2020. La Puntilla

Sauvignon Blanc, 2020. La Puntilla

Item #: C0321W1IC
Vintage: 2020
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard/Appellation: Central Valley, Chile
Color: Very Pale
Nose: Stones, Citrus
Palate: Lovely Peach
Finish: Pink Grapefruit
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2022/Shellfish, Seafood/12.5% Alcohol by Volume

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La Puntilla comes to us from the prestigious house of Cuatro Almas, which means four souls and refers to the four family members who still run the winery. La Puntilla refers to staffs used in bullfighting and is so named to point out the strength and presence of Cuatro Almas' wines.

Sauvignon Blanc was brought to Chile from France in the early 1850s along with Chilean staples like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenere. The reds went on to become stars while the whites played second fiddle.

That has certainly changed. Witness the fact that the Wine of the Month Club has featured more Sauvignon Blancs from Chile than any other Chilean wine, red or white. The reason is that they are just too good to pass up and their prices are many dollars below anything comparable in quality.

Cuatro Almas makes wine the way we like it best. The grapes are picked earlier than other wineries, so the alcohol content is low, and the acids are bright and fresh. The wine sees no oak, so nothing but the extracted flavor of the grape and the soil, in which it was grown, adorns your glass.

Add a perfect location and a state-of-the-art winery and you get absolutely astounding Sauvignon Blanc. From the mineral and lemon zest nose to the shy white peach, tangerine and pink grapefruit, it's pure joy. All these delights come together in a classy finish worthy of ceviche, smoked salmon with dill or goat cheese with D'Anjou pears.