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2010 Cousino-Macul Sauvignon Gris        
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Winery: Cousino-Macul
Varietal: Sauvignon Gris
Varietal Type: White
Vintage: 2010
Release Price: $15.00
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7590JaneGarveyAtlantaGeorgiaUSAOn a visit some years back to Cousiño Macul near downtown Santiago, Chile, this then mysterious-to-me varietal was introduced to the assembled writers. I immediately said: When do we get this wine? It took a while, but I’m delighted it’s been in this market a while. Originating in Graves in Bordeaux and arriving in Chile in the 19th century, this white wine grape could easily become Chile’s icon white wine. Medium-bodied with a greenish yellow color, the wine is less aromatic than its sister Sauvignon Blanc but no less appealing nonetheless. You’ll sense aromas of citrus, flowers, pear, white peach, and enjoy those as much as you will the flavors that follow: Citrus zest (grapefruit); a bit of sweet white peach, a good acid backbone, and delicious tropical fruit (banana) at the end. What a long, clean finish!. Even New Zealand is getting into the act. Don’t let it get too cold; 55F/13C is plenty cold enough. Then you get all the flavors.

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Fish, fish and more fish. Fin or shell, doesn’t matter, although I don’t care for it with oily fish. Grilled scallops; crab cakes with tartar sauce; fresh cod with olive oil and fresh minced herbs; pollock or similar mild white fish dredged in crushed pistachios and pan-sautéed; calamari with lemon aïoli; roasted root vegetables daubed with goat cheese; pasta with basil and lemon; Vidalia onion stuffed with sweet potato purée and baked (really yummy); baked chicken breast with lemon and fresh herbs; mild cheeses (Sweet Grass Dairy’s Thomasville Tome).

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