Chardonnay, 2019. Arauco

Chardonnay, 2019. Arauco

Item #: V0721W1IC
Vintage: none
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard/Appellation: Maule Valley, Chile
Color: Slightly Golden
Nose: Apple, Pear
Palate: Clean Mango
Finish: Lovely Creaminess
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2022/Seafood, Vegetarian/13% Alcohol by Volume

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Our selection is made by the Cremaschi Furlotti winery, which began in Italy, goes onward via Argentina, before arriving in Chile. The name refers to the two founding families. Pablo Cremaschi founded the winery in Chile's Central Valley in 1975. Today the winery has 1000 acres of vines in Loncomilla, Maule, and makes a wide range of red and white wines but specializes in Chardonnay.

The family history goes back 150 years. It has always had a keen interest in honoring the land, no matter where that land may be. As a result, sustainability was always in their minds along with minimum intrusion into the natural evolution of their wines. In other words, less is more.

Grapes are probably the most fascinating agricultural crop there is. For instance, it can actually change from one part of the day to another. This is evident when you test the acidity in the morning as opposed to the afternoon. It is slightly higher in the morning, which is why wineries, like Cremaschi Furlotti, pick their grapes early in the morning. This assures good acidity which is extremely important as it carries the flavors from the front to the back of the palate.

In this case, those flavors are mango and tropical pineapple along with an evolving citrus edge and just enough oak for a creamy and engaging finish. A surefire hit with an avocado and crab parfait, a smoked fish platter or a cheese plate featuring Cambazola, Brie and Saint-Andre.

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