Los Vascos, Casablanca Valley (Chile) Sauvignon Blanc 2019

($10, Taub Family Selections):  It’s not really a 94-point wine, but I have to get your attention.  This wine shows the deficiency of using points to rate a wine. It’s spectacular in the context of a $10  bottle Sauvignon Blanc.  If there’s a more enjoyable one out there at the price, please let me know.  On its own merits, it deserves 89 points.  But given its value, it’s worth a lot more.  Consumers should not be surprised that when one of the greatest winemaking companies of the world — Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) — undertakes a project, the wines will sing.  And this one does. Graceful and refined, the attractive bite of Sauvignon Blanc is still present.  Absent is the lapel-shaking electricity or the herbaceous intrusion found in many other Sauvignon Blanc.  It finishes with a palate-cleansing lime-like accent.  Graceful — it’s exactly what you’d expect from Lafite.  Ten dollars a bottle — that’s a surprise.
94 Michael Apstein Apr 28, 2020