Vega Sindoa Chardonnay 2009
Chardonnay from Spain
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The creamy texture of this smoky white is enlivened by a vein of integrated acidity. Stone and vanilla notes underscore pear, dried apple and lanolin flavors and lead to a lingering finish.
"This is almost atypically aromatic for a Chardonnay, featuring lots of orange blossom and orange candy flavors and aromas, as well as touches of lychee, spice, smoke and dried papaya notes. Fresh and creamy, with a modest finish."
"The 2009 Chardonnay was barrel-fermented in new French oak and aged sur lie for 4 months with weekly batonnage. Toasty popcorn aromas meld with floral, melon and citrus scents to complete the nose of this medium-bodied, smooth-textured wine whose oak is fully integrated on the palate. It over-delivers in a big way."
The Wine Advocate
"For Spanish Chardonnay, this is perfectly good and clean. The nose brings your basic set of white-fruit, mineral and fresh herb flavors, while the palate is lively despite some dry, resiny oak flavor. Even with banana, vanilla and creamy flavors, the wine is decidedly not cloying."
"Light gold. High-pitched aromas of lemon and pear, with a hint of smokiness. Ripe and smooth in texture, with weighty orchard fruit and melon flavors that could use a bit more vibrancy but offer good heft and power for the price. Shows good finishing breadth and a refreshing, slightly tart hint of lemon zest."
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Although the Valley of Valdizarbe has always been considered one of the best areas of production in Navarra and viticulture there is centuries-old, it almost disappeared due to the depressed prices of grapes and extreme weather conditions. This winery is one of the first to bring the vineyards back to the valley by the hands of an energetic winemaker, Concha Vecino, and an innovative vineyard manager, Jose Manuel Urricelqui.
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The third largest country in production, Spain ranks first in land under vine. Diversity and innovation are the key factors bringing Spain back into the world wine market.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino...
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White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
soils and different climates. While frequently paired with
its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy,
France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...
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