2007 Matetic EQ Chardonnay San Antonio Valley (Elsewhere $26)

SKU #1061001

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Chardonnay EQ was 90% barrel-fermented in 30% new oak and with a small amount of malolactic fermentation. It exhibits scents of minerality, pear, and white fruits as well as some toasty oak. Smooth and subtle on the palate, it has good flavors, integrated oak, and a moderately lengthy finish. Enjoy it over the next three years." Here is a wonderful value chardonnay from vineyards that are a mere 15 minute drive to the Pacific Ocean. In Chile's San Antonio Valley, the climate is ideal for growing cool climate varieties such as chardonnay. Though the wine has some clear new French oak influence, there is also a liveliness to this wine, which shows in the rich meyer lemon flavors and a wonderful acid balance. It is drinking terrifically and would make for a great addition to your value chard rotation.

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 By: Sonny G |  Review Date: 10/31/2010 
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Clear, day bright, straw in color...Fruit immediately stands out on the nose; pear and apricot, along with some butteryness, and a certain clean "green" quality (something like trees after a rain)...

The palate is smooth, with a good amount of citrus (grapefruit, and lemon) with a bit of peach, a touch of honey, and a slight oakyness...

That faint "green" quality from the nose is back on the finish (just as faint) along with a stoney minerality, and a crisp flavor of pear and perhaps just a bit of apple...while the finish isnt extremely long, it's not short, and is altogether, quite pleasant...

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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:

Chile

- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine. Click for a list of bestselling items from Chile.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5