Review: Viña Leyda ‘Garuma’ Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most distinctive wines around. Blind tastings can challenge even top wine pros but, if Sauvignon Blanc is in the glass, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll be able to identify it by its sharp, grassy smell. Although Sauvignon Blanc is one of the world’s most common grapes, it can be difficult to find a value-driven wine that is both balanced and true to its character. The Viña Leyda “Garuma” Reserva Sauvignon Blanc is one of the category’s rare, tasty exceptions.

Viña Leyda ‘Garuma’ Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

The Loire Valley, California, and New Zealand are all well-known Sauvignon Blanc producers, but Chile is right up there with them. The cooler Leyda Valley, a sub-zone of San Antonio, east of the city of Santiago, was actually created by Viña Leyda in 2002. The wines produced in this area have more restraint and acidity than those typically associated with Chile.

Made from a single vineyard that sits near the Pacific Ocean, the Garuma Reserva is incredibly fresh, with that characteristic grapefruit and lemon citrus. It isn’t overwhelming, though; the finish is exceptionally clean and acid-driven. It’s proof that cool-climate winemaking is the key to easy drinking, refreshing, and affordable Sauvignon Blanc.

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