2008 Alamos Chardonnay Mendoza

SKU #1047598

Built up by the Catena family in Argentina, Alamos produces terrific value wines year in, year out. This year, the Chardonnay really stands out. Full-bodied, red apple and pear fruit fill the mouth, along with some bright yellow stone fruit and just a hint of toffee from brief oak aging adding some richness and texture. The wine has a truly fresh flavor profile, and would work as a perfect house white for chardonnay drinkers, as well as a perfect bridge wine for those who prefer crisper, brighter, chardonnay while their companions perhaps favor richer, oakier flavors. Delicious, versatile, everyday chard. According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, full yellow. Enticing aromas of nectarine and nutmeg complicated by a leesy element. Supple, sweet and fine-grained, with a seamless texture to the stone fruit and spice flavors. Very nicely balanced, fruit-driven chardonnay with well-integrated acidity and a smooth and persistent finish. A terrific value." (Jan/Feb 10)

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/24/2010  | Send Email
For Buttery Chardonnay fans that would like to spend less this is a no brainer. Lots of citrus, apple, and some spice but cleaned up with a crisp mouthfeel. The wine sees 9 months in oak but only 25% new so the new world flavors stay balanced.

By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/8/2010  | Send Email
This is a delicious, well-priced Chardonnay that is for those who want a fairly fruity, but not overly sweet, white wine. Subtle oak and butter flavors are packaged with fresh apple and pear to make a delicious Chardonnay. Try it with chicken or alone at a party.

By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/16/2009  | Send Email
South America is the place for value! Here is a wine that, tasted blind, you would say was classic California Chardonnay, and then guess it cost somewhere in the $15-$20 price range! Ripe fruit, rich palate with butter and toasty oak. Best bang for the buck for big Chardonnay in the store!

By: Patty Torrel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/30/2009  | Send Email
Remember the Alamos!! Ok…so it is Alamo, not Alamos…and this wine has nothing to do with historic battles or Texas, but this is a wine that you should ‘remember’ to put in your web basket. This golden, glass-coating beauty is packed full of flavor. The nose starts out with a hint of ripe citrus, melon and pineapple followed by the scents you may remember wafting from grandma’s kitchen: baked apples, peach cobbler…all rounded out with orange blossoms. And that’s just the nose! The palate has a luscious creamy texture yet ample acidity and is loaded with rich ripe pear, spiced apples, ripe citrus ending with a long cinnamon toast finish. If you like your Chardonnay big, but do not want to pay a hefty price, this is the one for you! Pair this with roast lobster with tarragon-lemon butter or polenta with smoked fish and crème fraiche.

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/1/2009  | Send Email
One of the better deals in new-world style Chardonnay for sure. The fruit expression of lemon and fresh green apple is balanced by yeasty notes and a touch or cream, as well as nice acidity and light minerality. A restrained, tasty alternative to overblown, oaky Chardonnays, and a wonderful choice for a party.

 By: rachel  |  Review Date: 10/14/2010 
On the pallate this wine is reminiscent of Barbara Streisand's legs ie. It tastes like two sticks of buuutttah! While I love me some Babs I do not like this much oak in my chard. Oddly, I had this wine in Peru over the summer and I feel like it was much fresher tasting. perhaps they send the buttery barrels to the gringos as that's what they think we like. 78 pts.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

Argentina

- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.