Full Review

Paso Grande

Paso Grande
2019 Special Selection, Chardonnay, Central Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13%
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$7.99

Paso Grande
2019 Special Selection, Chardonnay, Central Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13%
Yellow straw color. Cheesy aromas of golden delicious apple, parchment, pine nuts, linen, and fresh whipped cream with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and a buoyant underripe raspberry and dried apple finish with leafy tannins and no oak flavor. A creamy and food-friendly Chardonnay for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: golden delicious apple, parchment, pine nuts, linen, and fresh whipped cream
Taste Flavor: underripe raspberry and dried apple
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A creamy and food-friendly chardonnay for the table.

The Producer

Terraustral Wine Company

The Producer
Hernando de Aguirre
Providencia Santiago, 1915
Chile
56 -22 679 0600

Their Portfolio

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95 Denada 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $7.99.
84 Denada 2016 Red Blend, Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $7.99.
86 Denada 2017 Grand Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $7.99.
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86 Famiglia Zaeli 2016 Grand Reserva, Carmenère, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $9.99.
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88 La Casa de Terra 2016 Grand Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.99.
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88 Paskua Land 2015 Grand Reserve, Carmenère, Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $9.99.
88 Paso Grande 2019 Special Selection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley 13% (Chile) $7.99.
86 Paso Grande 2019 Special Selection, Carmenère, Central Valley 13% (Chile) $7.99.
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86 Paso Grande 2019 Special Selection, Sauvignon Blanc, Central Valley 12.5% (Chile) $7.99.
86 Paso Grande 2019 Special Selection Rosé, Central Valley 13% (Chile) $7.99.
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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.