Rayun Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Tasting Notes
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Rayun Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Tasting Notes

This wine is a screaming value, with absolute high marks for its price (I had a bottle in a restaurant, but have seen it retail for as little as $7. The unoaked, stainless-steel fermented Sauvignon Blanc gives a straightforward nose of grapefruit, lime, kiwi, pineapple and mango, with some light minerality, showing the same notes on the palate with some added peach. The acidity is solid as a foundation, not pushy or flirty, and yet has the stamina to support a tangible finish. The wine is the color of light straw.

There is no artifice in this wine from Chile's Central Valley (a large sourcing area); if I gave wine points, I would award extra points for this fact alone. No dollop of sugar, no unneeded oak, just an honest wine at an honest price. The wine did yeoman work in supporting a table of diners having a range of dishes that included pasta, shrimp, risotto, and lamb chops. Buy a case at this price.


Verdict: Good solid fruit
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