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Balduzzi

Balduzzi
2018 Reserva, Chardonnay, Maule Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$10.99
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Balduzzi
2018 Reserva, Chardonnay, Maule Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13%
Golden straw color. Aromas of baked apple, buttered toast, caramel laden baked peach, and cinnamon potpourri with a satiny, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, buoyant toasted nuts finish with moderate oak flavor. A creamy chardonnay that hits all the toasty notes.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: baked apple, buttered toast, caramel laden baked peach, and cinnamon potpourri
Taste Flavor: toasted nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Tacos, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A creamy chardonnay that hits all the toasty notes.

The Producer

Balduzzi Wines

The Producer
Avenue Balmaceda 1189
Santiago,
Chile
56 -732322138

Their Portfolio

92 Balduzzi 2011 "B", Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $35.99.
93 Balduzzi 2013 Grand Reserve, Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $18.99.
88 Balduzzi 2014 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $11.99.
90 Balduzzi 2014 Reserva, Carmenère, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $11.99.
86 Balduzzi 2014 Reserva, Merlot, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $11.99.
82 Balduzzi 2016 Reserva, Chardonnay, Maule Valley 13% (Chile) $11.99.
90 Balduzzi 2016 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Maule Valley 13% (Chile) $11.99.
93 Balduzzi 2014 Estate Bottled Gran Reserve, Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $18.99.
88 Balduzzi 2014 Gran Reserve, Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $18.99.
92 Balduzzi 2015 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $11.99.
88 Balduzzi 2015 Reserva, Carmenère, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $11.99.
84 Balduzzi 2015 Reserva, Merlot, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $11.99.
92 Balduzzi 2015 Viejo Encachao, Carignan, Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $25.00.
88 Balduzzi 2015 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $19.99.
90 Balduzzi 2015 Gran Reserva, Syrah, Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $19.99.
87 Balduzzi 2017 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.99.
89 Balduzzi 2017 Reserva, Carmenère, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $10.99.
91 Balduzzi 2017 Reserva, Merlot, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $10.99.
84 Balduzzi 2018 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $10.99.
86 Balduzzi 2018 Reserva, Chardonnay, Maule Valley 13% (Chile) $10.99.
88 La Marina 2014 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley 13% (Chile) $9.99.
93 La Marina 2014 Reserva, Carmenère, Maule Valley 13% (Chile) $9.99.
90 La Marina 2016 Reserva, Chardonnay, Maule Valley 13% (Chile) $9.99.
91 Puroandes 2014 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere-Merlot, Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $17.99.
89 Puroandes 2013 Estate Bottled, Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere, Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $34.99.
92 Puroandes 2016 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $10.99.
90 Puroandes 2016 Reserva, Carmenère, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $10.99.
86 Puroandes 2018 Reserva, Chardonnay, Maule Valley 13% (Chile) $10.99.
88 Puroandes 2018 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Maule Valley 13% (Chile) $10.99.

Chardonnay

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.