Your first reaction is probably “what the hell is Sauvignon Gris?” Think of it as a good, cool climate Sauvignon Blanc (in its citrusy, tropical, and herbal aromatics) meets a good, cool climate Chardonnay (in its creamy structure and full body), with a lemon-rind finish thrown in for good measure. The cooling breezes from the Pacific Ocean help this wine to retain its vibrant, acidic verve while still appealing to the Chardonnay lovers out there. Sauvignon Gris might just be poised as the next “breakout” variety from South America.

WHO: Viña Leyda
WHAT: Sauvignon Gris
WHERE: Leyda Valley, Chile
WHEN: 2010
HOW MUCH: $16

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