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Chardonnay, 2012. Litu
Item # L0214W4IC

Chardonnay, 2012. Litu

Vintage: 2012
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard/Appellation: Central Valley, Chile
Color: Pale
Nose: White peach, green apple and herbs
Palate: Delicate yet penetrating
Finish: Refreshing
Rating: 93
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now through 2016
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Of course we were a little skeptical when we saw "Central Valley" prominently displayed on the label. Even though most of the wine made in California comes from the Central Valley, most people don't use it since it has a reputation for making cheap jug wine. A reputation it doesn't deserve, as a matter of fact.

Upon closer inspection, however, we noticed this Central Vally is in Chile, not California. That's a whole different ball game, not to mention grape. Our Lit? Chardonnay is made by our friends at Corinto, probably our favorite winery in Chile.

The name Corinto reflects the geographic origin of the wines, which comes from Chile's Central Valley. It pays homage to the town of Corinto in the Maule Valley. The design concept invites the consumer to explore new sensations while their logo suggests the silhouette of a wineglass seen from above.

Corinto was established in 2006 when winemaker, Felipe Vial, sensed the need for good quality consumer-friendly wines with a sophisticated image at an affordable price. He has succeeded better than most.

Corinto Winery's concern for global warming led to their participation in the National Energy Efficiency Program's Technology Node project for quantifying their carbon footprint. All procedures at the winery are carried out with an eye toward their goal of becoming completely self-sustainable. Even the liquid industrial waste treatment plant has a wastewater treatment system to ensure they do not pollute the canals around the winery and everything is recycled.

European Vitis vinifera vines were brought to Chile by Spanish conquistadors and missionaries in the 16th century around 1554. Local legend states that the conquistador Francisco de Aguirre himself planted the first vines. The vines most likely came from established Spanish vineyards planted in Peru which included the "common black grape" or Mission, as it was known, that Hern?n Cort?s brought to Mexico in 1520.

Our selection is yet another example of how far Chile has come in the production of Chardonnay. This one may be the best yet. It's one of those clean, crisp Chardonnays with just enough fruit to please, as well as a fine finish that would be a perfect compliment to salmon in a light tarragon sauce.

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