Scoring 18 points (Gold Medal) on the 20-point Dionysian Scale, the 2015 KOYLE COSTA Sauvignon Blanc from Colchagua Costa, Chile, is outstanding. Costing about $24 a bottle,  it’s a French as it can be. It has an ideal pH of 3.2 with perfect acidity and  12.5% alcohol as food wines should be.  In a blind tasting, I’d pick it as a Loire Valley wine. It rested in old Burgundy barrels, then in concrete eggs tanks where its minerality was increased.


Picked at just 1 kg per plant, this is the perfect summer food wine! It has white peach, lemon peel, ginger and mineral flavor. Perfectly balanced with a long clean and refreshing aftertaste, the Koyle Sauvignon Blanc is a must buy.

Although perfect for any seafood meal, it paired well with tenderloin of pork, roasted onions and potatoes  as well as grilled white grape clusters.


I recently enjoy a bottle in New York with Cristobal Undurraga, the winemaker, who told me the vineyard is just 9 kilometers from the ocean which cools the vines and maintains the acids.

This is a Sauvignon Blanc that can age a while too if you can keep from drinking it all this year. In vino veritas.