In the dog days of summer, it seems like there’s “no beginning and no end,” said Eric Asimov in The New York Times. With heat surrounding me on all sides, I want a glass of wine that provides “relief from the daily bout with seasonal oppression.” A Times panel recently sampled 20 Sauvignon Blancs from Chile and Argentina. Our favorites were all from Chile—not too expensive, not too complicated, just the thing for the dog days of August.
Montes Chile Casablanca Valley Classic Series Sauvignon Blanc, 2008
($11) “Crisp yet rich and deep.” Mineral and lime flavors.
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Matetic Vineyards Chile San Antonio Valley EQ Sauvignon Blanc, 2007
($16) A lively wine with zesty, tropical fruit flavors.
Anakena Chile Central Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 2008
($9) Spearmint aromas, tropical fruit flavors.
Casa Marín Chile San Antonio Valley Cipreses Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, 2008
($26) Nicely textured. Smoky aromas.
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