LKF-051

Sauvignon Blanc, ‘Cariblanco’, Kingston Family Vineyards

Varietal Composition: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Vine Age: 20 years
Production: 422 cases
Elevage: 5 months in French oak & stainless steel barrels
ABV: 13%

“If one of the criteria for measuring the quality of a terroir and its varieties is that the wine must taste like it could not have come from anywhere else, then Casablanca is indeed a good terroir for Sauvignon Blanc. Nowhere does Sauvignon Blanc combine raciness, concentration, herbal notes and richness in quite the same way as in Casablanca. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it is better than elsewhere; only that it is distinctive and characterful. Inimitable.

The last few years we have been tweaking our Sauvignon Blanc methods, but the core remains the same. We destem a larger portion of the fruit prior to pressing than we used to, to get a touch more extraction from the skins and pulp, and therefore more flavor. I continue to encourage our team to allow some of the barrels to ferment naturally, without any added yeast. The use of stainless steel barrels and longer than usual (for Chile) aging on the primary lees are also to build more body and character. The idea is to give it more of what it already has, rather than adding flavors external to the grapes.” –Byron Kosuge, Consulting Winemaker

Producer:
Vintage:
2015
Country:
Chile
Region:
Casablanca Valley
Variety:
Sauvignon Blanc
Color:
White
Case Pack:
12
Bottle Size:
750

Tasting Notes

The 2014 Cariblanco is probably the most piercing, austere Sauvignon Blanc that Kingston has made to date. Part of this is the nature of the 2014 vintage, and part of it is intentional. As always, the color of the wine is very pale greenish gold. Aromatically it is more mineral, stony and savory than most vintages of Cariblanco. On the palate, it is bright and acidic, with a saline note. More long than broad.

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Press & Reviews

Parker

Score:
90
Date:
2015-12-31

James Suckling

Score:
90
Date:
07/01/2015
Review:
"A fresh and bright white with sliced lemon and fennel character. Medium body, fresh acidity and a clean finish. Drink now."