2014 Errazuriz Chardonnay Aconcagua Costa

SKU #1277616 95 points Decanter

 100% Chardonnay.Tasting notes: Subtle nutty nose with delicate notes of mango and pineapple. Concentrated, rich palate with white flowers, stone fruits, amazing almondy taste and cooked butter, and a refreshing salty tang. This is a beautiful young wine with already lots of personality, a great structure, long aftertaste and an incredible ageing potential.  (6/2016)

93 points James Suckling

 A dense and rich white with sliced pear, apple and mineral character. Some lemon grass too. Full-bodied, rich and flavorful. Some phenolics give it structure.  (7/2015)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 Errázuriz’s pioneering vineyards on the Aconcagua coast are now beginning to deliver some of the best chardonnay of Chile. This comes from vines planted in the mid-2000s on clay and granite soils, giving a wine with a certain voluptuousness that envelops the palate, its generous flavors cooled by coastal acidity. Its tension suggests cellaring for a few years, even while it’s drinking well now, especially with pan-roasted fish.  (6/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chardonnay Aconcagua Costa was fermented in barrel with indigenous yeasts, and approximately half of the volume underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine rested in used French oak barrels in contact with the lees for ten months. It has a faint lactic nose with some smoky and spicy aromas, a core of yellow plums and waxy apples, as well as some hints of nuts with a commercial, discrete but incipient complexity; it has with an approachable profile without excess (quite subtle within the barrel fermented Chardonnays). The palate is medium-bodied, dry with pungent flavors, good length and lifted by lively acidity. This is a delicious Chardonnay at a very good price. Some 32,000 bottles were filled March 2015. (LG)  (12/2015)

91 points Vinous

 Pale yellow-gold. A highly perfumed, complex bouquet evokes ripe pear, white peach, anise, buttered toast and jasmine. Fleshy, broad and dry on the palate, offering energetic orchard and pit fruit flavors and a bracing jolt of bitter citrus zest. Shows very good depth as well as vivacity and finishes on a chalky mineral note, with strong persistence and an echo of smokiness. (JR)  (6/2015)

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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2016 | Send Email
We have had some terrific finds of late for serious value Chardonnay in Chile's Aconcagua Costa DO. Here, in addition to the coastal influence, you have interesting and complex soil types, loaded with schist, which appear to give the wines a certain drive and freshness. This 2014 from Errazuriz is no exception. A nose of Yellow Delicious apples gives way to a palate full of crunchy, appley, lemony fruit, with an overall linear and lean quality that almost seem to suggest Burgundy more so than New World. In fact, I tasted this an hour ago next to Paul Pernot Bourgogne (yes, Paul Pernot of Puligny-Montrachet fame) and it more than held its own. If you love Chardonnay, this ought to be in your glass.

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2016 | Send Email
This is possibly one of my favorite Chardonnays I've encountered from this area. Bright, zippy and tangy, but with excellent texture and depth, this wine is well-poised and full of interest. Easily one of my favorite South American wines in stock right now, it is well-worth picking up a few at this great price!

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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.
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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.