90 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2013
Light yellow-gold. Pungent lime zest and lemongrass aromas are complemented by deeper notes of pear skin and melon. Juicy and silky on entry, then intensely minerally and dry in the middle, offering refreshingly bitter, concentrated citrus fruit flavors and a suave floral nuance. Closes steely and long, with resonating spiciness and excellent clarity.
Virtually every wine region in Chile benefits from proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the cooling Humboldt Current that flows up from the South Pole. Although Chile extends more than 2,000 miles from north to south, its grape-growing regions are clustered in the center of the country, where rainfall is concentrated during the winter months, and where an absence of fungal diseases makes for relatively carefree grape-farming.
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