Cristián Pino Belmar bottle

Cristián Pino Belmar

Sauvignon Blanc, 2015

Cristián Pino Belmar was a star in Universidad de Chile’s agronomic engineering program. That’s why he had his pick of world-class wineries to work at—and was also invited to conduct vineyard research in California and Argentina. Education and experience confirmed for Cristián a simple rule for making flavorful wines: A vineyard must be at least 15 years old before he will work with its grapes. That’s why this wine’s flavors are complex and concentrated.

Profile

Cristián Pino Belmar Sauvignon Blanc is as modern in style as it gets, full of tropical and citrus flavors. There’s nothing subtle—or French—about this wine, from the aromas to the flavors to the finish.

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SWEETNESS
BODY
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APPEARANCE
Light golden yellow with green highlights
APPEARANCE
Light golden yellow with green highlights
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Passion fruit
Kiwi
Grapefruit
Lemon blossoms

Pairing

These vibrant wines often taste like passion fruit or citrus, sometimes accented with an herbaceous note. A fruity-zesty balance, a signature of Sauvignon Blanc, is what makes these wines delicious with goat cheese (a staple pairing of France’s Loire Valley). The wine makes the cheese taste creamier

TASTING TIP

Sauvignon Blanc’s high acidity is what makes your mouth water—the same effect as squeezing a lemon over a dish, then taking a bite.

A fruity, elegant white makes the creaminess of the dish feel richer and also accentuates the lemony flavor.

This classic summer dish combines sweet and sour. A fruity white plays up the herbal notes and balances out the relish's bite.

A fresh, fruity white is perfect for elevating the basil and pepper, and standing up to the sweet richness of the corn.

A zesty, fruity white helps cut through the dish's richness and draws out the flavors of the herbs and vegetables.

The bright, tropical fruit of the wine draws out the flavors of the fresh vegetables beautifully.

A crisp, fruity white accents the dish's tartness and also draws out the flavors of the fresh summer vegetables.

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More About The Wine

Valle Central, south of Santiago, is Chile’s largest and most famous wine region. It’s carved into several smaller areas with unique soils and microclimates, each producing world-class wines. Wine critics are currently bestowing their 90-plus scores on crisp, fruity Sauvignon Blancs such as this, from the cool, dry Andean foothills.

DID YOU KNOW?

Older grapevines have deeper root systems that absorb more soil nutrients—which means grapes with fuller flavors. Age in the vineyard before beauty in the glass.

  • VARIETY
    Sauvignon Blanc
  • VINTAGE
    2015
  • VINEYARD
    Various
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Valle Central, Chile
  • OAK
    Stainless steel (no oak)
  • SOIL
    Volcanic, clay, loam, sand
  • ALCOHOL
    13.0%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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