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Chardonnay, 2013. Rutini

Chardonnay, 2013. Rutini

Item #: V1016W1IA
Vintage: 2013
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard/Appellation: Mendoza, Argentina
Color: Deep Yellow
Nose: Vanilla, apple
Palate: Full apple, spice
Finish: Long
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now throught 2017/Shellfish, light meats, fowl, vegetarian/Alcohol: 13.5%

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Rutini is a historic winery whose history goes back almost 150 years, one of the oldest in Argentina. Like most Argentine wineries, Rutini is located in the legendary area of Mendoza.

Although renowned, Mendoza is a huge area and, like most wine regions, not all of it is the same. It takes years to get a sense of the idiosyncrasies of any vineyard area, especially one of this size - this is where Rutini shines over the rest.

The winery's deeply rooted history in the region gives them the experience of knowing which grapes grow best in which areas.

They have been doing it long enough to know each and every parcel of their 600 acres of vineyards. This is no small undertaking and this selection is the perfect example of that attention to detail.

First of all, the grapes came from Rutini's 15-year-old vineyard located more than 3,000 feet above sea level. Each vine is administered a small amount of water to keep it going, but not so much that the grapes taste watery. Balance is key.

A very slow fermentation takes place in both stainless steel and French oak. This allows a small impartation of oak, but not too much to mask the delicate fruit. All the fine-tuning is how one gets the tremendous complexity this wine offers.

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