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Chardonnay, 2012. Don Silvestre
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Chardonnay, 2012. Don Silvestre

Vintage: 2012
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard/Appellation: Mendoza, Argentina
Color: Very pale
Nose: Fresh apple
Palate: Slight with a hint of spice
Finish: Apple and vanilla
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now through 2015
: DON SILVESTRE - WHITE
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The stony and sandy ground of Tunuyan, Mendoza allows for excellent drainage of underground water coming from ice melting off the Andes Mountains. This condition is perfect for growing perfect grapes.

Don Silvestre planted 122 hectares in the "Alto Valle de Uco" (High Valley of Uco) in 1962. The wine making tradition and spirit of Don Silvestre are still alive with the third generation of "Bodegas y Vi?edos Hinojosa." The family shares the same goal of producing excellent wines inspired by the most pure and noble elements of nature.

One of the unique things about grapes grown here is that the vines are on their own rootstock. One of the last areas in the world where this is so. Over 150 years ago, a plant louse called phyloxera devastated the vineyards of Europe. The only cure was to replant grapes using American hybrid rootstocks which are resistant to phyloxera.

Because none of this happened in Argentina, they continue to grow their grapes on their own rootstock. There has been some thought that the grapes are better when grown on their own stock, but that is open to question and, of course, taste. The few people who have actually tasted European wines from the 1800s that were grown on their own rootstock have yet to reach a consensus.

The vineyard is 4,000 feet above sea level, at the foothills of the Andes, in one of the best wine regions in Mendoza, Argentina. The grapes are born with a perfect environment for slow, even ripeness because of the warm days and cool nights of the region. Grapes of this quality could not survive this close to the Equator if it wasn't for the elevation. It is also very dry with little, if any, rainfall. This works well as the constant melting of ice off the Andes provides a continuous source of water for the vinew.

Malbec may be the king in Mendoza, but Chardonnay may well be the queen. Examples like this one are stunning to behold. The rolling hills, created by siesmic occurances, are what give the soil thousands of natural nutrients that grapes thrive on. Our selection is a stunning example of beautiful Chardonnay fruit with balance and power to match crab stuffed enchilladas or chicken marsala.

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