($11) Pale chartreuse color. Expressive aromas of orange, lemon, lees and candied ginger. Sappy, spicy and nicely focused, with a seamless texture and lively citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Becomes a bit hard-edged with air and finishes with good tangy cut and grip. This is far tighter and less simply fruity than most Chilean chardonnays.
87 Points | Wine Spectator
86 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Virtually every wine region in Chile benefits from proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the cooling Humboldt Current that flows up from the South Pole. Although Chile extends more than 2,000 miles from north to south, its grape-growing regions are clustered in the center of the country, where rainfall is concentrated during the winter months, and where an absence of fungal diseases makes for relatively carefree grape-farming.
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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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