Friday, October 14, 2011

2009 Chono Chardonnay "San Lorenzo Estate" (Maipo Valley, Chile)

Great value in a bright, flavorful, unoaked Chardonnay.

Very light, bright gold color.  Bright, intense nose of crushed limestone powder and crisp apply fruit.  So bright and tingly on the nose it almost makes you want to sneeze.  Smells like a good Macon on steroids and caffeine.  Intensely minerally, stony flavors with puckery lemon juice and green apple fruit.  No traces of oak whatsoever, and all the better for it.  Not complex, but loaded with true character.  B+.  Was $12.99 at Houston Wine Merchant.

1 comment:

UGA Wino said...

Never had the Chard, but it sounds delicious. Love that mineral/stone flavor. I'm not generally a fan of Carmenere, but Chono makes a nice "San Lorenzo Estate" Carmenere blend. Lots of blackberry and coffee and no hint of bell pepper. A bit pricey at $30.