The Dancing Flame Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2021 is a $7.99 Aldi wine made for them by Vina Luis Felipe Edwards the largest family-owned winery in Chile. The grapes are sourced from vineyards in the Leyda Valley, situated between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
The Leyda Valley vineyards are located between 3,300 ft in the foothills and 180 ft near the Ocean. The daytime temperatures can get hot, but there is a huge difference between temps at night and during the day. Grapes love warm days and cool nights.
Vina Luis Felipe Edwards has a Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc that sells in the $12-$13 range. That Sauv Blanc also comes from the Leyda Valley, though they do not indicate that their wine and the Aldi wine are related.
The Dancing Flame Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2021 is a young, fresh wine not meant to be aged. The Dancing Flame in the name refers to the over 500 active volcanoes in Chile. The Gran Reserva designation indicates the wine has a minimum of 12.5% alcohol content, it has 13%. It can also mean the wine was aged in oak for a while, but I doubt this Sauvignon Blanc saw any oak.
The Dancing Flame Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2021 Tasting Notes
The color is pale wheat yellow. The nose is grassy, with green pepper, grapefruit, lemon, Anjou pear, soft spice, and green apple. The Dancing Flame Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2021 has green pepper and bell pepper along with layers of flavor and excellent acidity.
This Sauvignon Blanc tastes like grapefruit and peach, green pepper and bell pepper, Anjou Pear, and tart apple. The mid-palate adds a light grassy note, nectarine, orange zest, and guava. The acidity is in the pocket.
- The Dancing Flame Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2021 is a valid alternative to New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
- It has more green and bell pepper than most Sauv Blanc wines in this price range, and the tasty citrus and fruit flavors balance the vegetal flavors.
- This Sauv Blanc is a bargain at $7.99, but its flavors might challenge certain wine drinkers.
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