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Carmen Classic Sauvignon Blanc 2008

by Nannette Eaton on April 21, 2009

“There are two reasons for drinking wine.  When you are thirsty, to cure it.  The other, when you are not thirsty, to prevent it.  Prevention is better than cure.”  —  Thomas Love Peacock

Carmen Classic Sauvigion Blanc 2008

I drank this wine with my friend Ginny, who has lived in New Zealand, and is a huge fan of their sauvignon blancs.  She was really impressed with this wine (as was I) and thought it was a doppelganger for New Zealand wine.

The color was light gold, with a tinge of green.  The wine was very subtle on the nose, crisp and bright on the palate, with the classic big new world citrus and gooseberry flavors.

Carmen Classic Sauvignon Blanc 2008 has an alcohol content of 13.3% .  Screw cap.  The grapes are sourced from the Curico Valley, Chile.  The United States importer is Aveníu Brands. This was a sample from the Wines of Chile.  The suggested retail price is $10 USD, which is a really great value play for this wine.  I suspect you will be able to pick this up in the $7-9 range at your local retailer.  A similar sauvignon blanc from New Zealand would be in $12-18.

Pair this with a classic Sole Meunière.  The caper, butter lemon sauce will marry well with the acidity of the sauvignon blanc.

The music pairing is “I Don’t Think We’ve Met” by Wine Harlots perennial favorite, Nikka Costa.  This was a single and is available for download at Amazon.  If you haven’t met Nikka, I suggest you get acquainted.