100% Chardonnay from Limari Valley, Chile.
Sample submitted for review. SRP of $19 and available for as low as $14.
From the bottle:
"This Chardonnay is from a vineyard at 135m above sea level on the south bank of Limari River. The limited production wine was fermented and then aged in French oak for eleven months. Striking minerals and pear aromas are synonymous with this part of the Limari Valley north of Santiago. The oak adds generous helpings of vanilla and hazelnut. With a full and vibrant palate, the crisp acidity grants it a long finish.
Today is the last wine in our series on the Coastal whites of Chile, and it comes from a producer that we like quite a bit, Concha y Toro. This is their first white wine that we've sampled having previously tried two different Carménère: the 2009 Marques de Casa Concha and the 2009 Casillero del Diablo.
The 2009 Concha Y Toro Marques De Casa Concha Chardonnay begins with pleasant aromas of citrus and pear along with some mineral and nutty notes. The wine tastes really nice with pear and citrus flavors and a good silky texture. It also has good balance and a bit of vibrancy to it. The fruit really comes through nicely even though it sees quite a bit of time in oak. Overall a really nice Chardonnay!
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.
Overall Rating: 7.5
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