2009 Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay

Year: 2009
Appellation: Peumo Valley
Country: Chile
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 90
White Wine
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"Superfresh, with vibrant tangerine, yellow apple and heather notes backed by nice cut on the mineral-filled finish. A deliciously unadorned style. Drink now through 2012. 21,000 cases made. " (WS)

"The 2009 Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay was sourced from the Limari Valley and was barrel-fermented and aged for 12 months in 33% new French oak. Notions of popcorn, toast, spiced apple, melon, and jasmine lead to a medium-bodied, ripe plush Chardonnay with savory flavors, lively acidity, and excellent length. It is an outstanding value meant for drinking over the next 2-3 years.

Cocha y Toro is the largest wine producer in Chile as the above list attests. Remarkably, they are also one of the quality leaders and innovators leading the country forward. The Gran Reserva Serie are wines made from a single vineyard meant to display a particular terroir. The Marques de Casa Concha wines are also sourced from single vineyards but exposed to more new oak and a longer elevage. Some of the finest wines produced in Chile, particularly from the Carmenere grape, are being bottled and sold under the Terrunyo label under the direction of veteran winemaker Ignacio Recabarren." (WA)

"($18) Bright yellow. Pungent melon, pit fruit and dried fig aromas, lifted by exotic floral and lees notes that gain strength with air. Dry but fleshy nectarine and pear flavors become sweeter with air and pick up a gentle tarragon note. Stains the palate on the incisive finish, which leaves sweet honeydew, orchard fruit and herbal notes behind. I'd like to see this up against a number of $50+ American chardonnays." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Production Technique:
The grapes are manually harvested in March. The wine is fermented in new and used, medium-toasted French Burgundian barriques sur lie for 11 months, then aged for a further 4 months after bottling.

Description:
Color: Light, golden yellow.

Bouquet:
White peach, papaya, mango and hazelnut, with surprising elegance.

Taste:
Medium-bodied. Creamy on the palate, A core of peach-papaya accented flavors supported by refined oak. A long finish.