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losvascosLos Vascos Casablanca Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Fact: During a trip to Chile last year, friends and I decided we would not drink two bottles of the same wine while we were there. We broke the rule only once, with a bottle of 2007 Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc. The 2008 is even better.

This is a textbook example of New World Sauvignon Blanc with plenty of tropical fruit and citrus on the nose and bright acid on the palate. But there is more. Beneath the pineapple and lime zest flavors is a steely, mineral layer that adds structure and depth of flavors.

This is the third Chilean Sauvignon Blanc from 2008 that we’ve recommended, and for my money, it’s the best yet. A real bargain at $10 a bottle.

Feeling: Dry, lean and enough lemon-lime to make your mouth pucker in delight, this is what Sauvignon Blanc and summer are all about. I could sip it all day long, especially with a plate of chilled ceviche or goat cheese salad.

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