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Bodegas Carrau Sauvignon Blanc “Sur Lie”

bodegas carrau sauv blancWhat Possessed Us To Open Wine?
It was #winechat on a Wednesday night on Twitter. A friend was dropping her kid off for something and I “twisted her arm” and made her stay and taste with me. Instant impromptu party!!! Win!

What Did The Label Want Us To Know?
It is from Uruguay. Really. I have been reading about retirement abroad and actually had read an article about wine in Uruguay, but this is not the first place you think of when you think of wine producing countries. The label tells us that the Carrau family started making wine in Spain in 1752 and they have been in South America since the early 20th century. They explain that the wine is allowed to rest on the “lies” for 6 months as part of the wine-making process. They use the words: fresh and complex.

What’s So Great About It?
I have become a fan of Sauvignon Blanc and the favorite at our house is Kim Crawford because you can count on the grapefruit punch in the face. This was a WHOLE other ballgame. When they used the word “complex” they weren’t lying. This was so fun to drink because it had fruit tastes of grapefruit and pear but it also had a good minerality and yeasty biscuit taste. My friend described it as being “like a flower.” It was smooth. It was refreshing. I can’t wait to buy more of it!

Someone Else’s More Qualified Opinion:
http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=1712004

Conversation This Wine Engendered:
Will I have to retire to Uruguay now?
I am the moon and not the sun
Owning real estate or owning minerals?

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