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Chocalan

Chocalan
2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Chardonnay, San Antonio

Pair this wine with:
Beef Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Certified Sustainable
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$18

Chocalan
2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Chardonnay, San Antonio

Pair this wine with:
Beef Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Golden straw color. Aromas of buttered spinach, water chestnuts, smoked honey, apple, and smoked meats with a soft, shy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk chipotle cream sauce and sawdust finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A savory, creamy wine that will be an interesting companion to spicy fare.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Savory
Aroma Aroma: buttered spinach, water chestnuts, smoked honey, apple, and smoked meats
Taste Flavor: chipotle cream sauce and sawdust
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Stuffed Bell Peppers, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A savory, creamy wine that will be an interesting companion to spicy fare.

The Producer

Vina Chocalan S.p.A.

The Producer
Clorinda Willshaw 559
Las Condes, Santiago 7550000
Chile
-+562 24374764

Their Portfolio

88 Chocalan 2015 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.00.
87 Chocalan 2016 Reserva, Chardonnay, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.00.
87 Chocalan 2014 Reserva, Merlot, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $12.00.
87 Chocalan 2014 Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $12.00.
90 Chocalan 2014 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $12.00.
83 Chocalan 2015 "Origen" Gran Reserva, Pinot Noir, Maipo Valley (Chile) $16.00.
88 Chocalan 2014 "Origen" Gran Reserva, Syrah, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $16.00.
86 Chocalan 2014 "Origen" Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $16.00.
88 Chocalan 2014 "Origen" Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $16.00.
95 Chocalan 2013 "Vitrum", Malbec, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $29.00.
93 Chocalan 2013 "Vitrum" Red Blend, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $29.00.
94 Chocalan 2011 "Alexia" Red Blend, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $57.00.
86 Chocalan 2018 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $13.00.
87 Chocalan 2018 Reserva, Chardonnay, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $13.00.
87 Chocalan 2017 Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $13.00.
91 Chocalan 2017 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $13.00.
90 Chocalan 2018 Origen Gran Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, San Antonio 13.5% (Chile) $18.00.
84 Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Chardonnay, San Antonio 13.5% (Chile) $18.00.
83 Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Pinot Noir, San Antonio 14% (Chile) $18.00.
88 Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $18.00.
89 Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Syrah, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $18.00.
93 Chocalan 2016 Origen Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $18.00.
89 Chocalan 2015 Vitrum Premium Red Blend, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $27.00.
87 Chocalan 2014 Alexia Icon Red Blend, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $65.00.

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.