Rayun Sauvignon Blanc 2006
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
Chilean wine producers can choose their latitude, choose their altitude, access as much water as they need in precise amounts, and attract French winemakers during their off season: a fine recipe for success.
James Beard Award Nominee Elliot Essman