Ritual Sauvignon Blanc Casablanca Valley 2015
Yeah, that’s not a typo! 92 POINTS, $11!! Plus --- well, it’s National Taco Day! What goes better with tacos than crisp, juicy, bracing, lip-smacking, crushingly-bargain-priced-from-your-favorite-wine-merchant Sauvignon Blanc? Let’s PARTY!
On a super-serious note, we are REALLY super-serious about Sauv Blanc when we taste. We RUN AWAY from the grass/hay/cat pee/green bean/jalapeno styles --- we literally run. Nope, we want sweet grapefruits, lemon/lime, lemon pie, a bit of tropicality and we want cheek-smacking, hoo-boy, lip-licking freshness. This is imperative!! So, we really liked this one, oh yes, but we nearly fainted upon getting it at this price. You NEED a case of this. $11, c’mon!! That’s less than an order of al pastor tacos, for goodness sake. Maybe 2 cases.
Did we say 92 points? Lemon pie, starfruit, sweet herbs, even a little mint and tarragon going on here, clean and fresh and soul-satisfying. BOOM! Your drinking needs are done! The price is... , oh, sorry excuse us, the Mexican food truck (La Perla de Jalisco) that parks out front of our office is here. Later!
While it lasts...
Grapes are hand harvested at night, maximizing freshness and vibrancy with whole cluster pressing directly into concrete eggs, neutral barrels and stainless steel barrels. This allows us to try different techniques during fermentation in terms of temperatures and cloudiness of the juice, which reveals varying aromatics making this wine very expressive and unique. After fermentation, we stir the lees every two weeks for eight months, obtaining a smooth and complex mouthfeel, without losing its freshness.
Technical DetailsCountry: Chile
Region: Casablanca Valley
Appellation: Casablanca Valley
Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard: North-facing vineyards
Winemaker: SOFÍA ARAYA
Aging/Cooperage: 30% neutral oak, 30% concrete eggs, 40% stainless steel tanks
About The Producer
Much like our low-impact farming methods in the vineyards, we believe in gentle handling and the revival of Old World winemaking techniques in the cellar.The grapes are hand-harvested in small batches at first light in the cool morning and carefully double-sorted. Whole berries are added to open-top tanks with hand-punch downs during fermentation. Wines are basket pressed, and only native yeasts are used obtaining a natural balance and greater purity. Ritual wines use different containers that deliver unique characteristics.
The Casablanca Valley is a cool climate area on the northwestern side of Chile’s coastal range less than 30 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean. Our estate occupies the extreme eastern end of the valley and is noted for its gentle Pacific breezes and early morning fog, making it the ideal climate for producing cool climate varietals. Ritual Sauvignon Blanc comes from La Gloria block, located in the coolest part of our estate, giving us fresh fruit flavors with bright acidity
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