Chardonnay, 2013. Valdivieso

Chardonnay, 2013. Valdivieso

Item #: V1213W2IC
Vintage: 2013
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard/Appellation: Lontue, Chile
Color: Golden green
Nose: Fresh fruits
Palate: Slight with a hint of citrus
Finish: Apple and vanilla
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now through 2015
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Vina Valdivieso dates back to 1879 when Alberto Valdivieso founded Champagne Valdivieso, the first company in Chile and South America to make sparkling wine. More than a hundred years later in the late 1980s, the company expanded in a new direction when it began commercial production of still wines, as Vi?a Valdivieso, in their Curic? Valley winery in Lontu?.

Valdivieso wines have since had a very successful career, triumphing in major world markets and achieving the highest honors in international competitions. These achievements are not an objective in themselves but rather the result of searching for superior quality wines that are both distinctive and attractive.

Lontue is part of the Curico Valley, one of Chile's most prestigious wine regions. Located 180 miles south of Santiago, Curico's, the Mediterranean climate is warm and dry during the summer and receives the majority of the area's rainfall during the mild winters.

The geographic isolation of Chile's wine regions bounded by the Atacama Desert, the Pacific Ocean, the Andes Mountains and Patagonia form a barrier against pests and disease. Chile is one of the very few places on Earth that is free of phylloxera, the insect that attacks vines and destroyed vineyards around the world in the mid-19th century. Chile's vineyards are therefore planted with pure un-grafted vines, unlike the rest of the world, which requires vines to be grafted with phylloxera-resistant rootstocks.

The country's four clearly marked seasons present little risk of spring frosts. The pattern of rainfall is ideal with little precipitation in the spring and almost none during the summer and early fall. This assures optimal conditions of vine health and grape maturity with minimal use of pesticides.

Most wine regions enjoy significant variation between daytime and nighttime temperatures. Daytime highs of up to 91 degrees encourage the production of sugar, color, aromas and fully ripe tannins. While nighttime lows of 59 degrees reduce any loss of those components and the critical acids. The final result is the production of grapes with greater concentration.

This unoaked Chardonnay gives a lovely golden color with green tones, fresh in nose with tropical fruits that lead to a refreshing finish accented with citrus notes. Pair with shrimp dishes with challenging preparation like a serrano mint pesto, salads or chicken empanadas.