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Date Printed: 12/20/2014
Alamos Chardonnay 2009
Alamos Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 109589)
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $10.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Alamos Chardonnay exhibits flavors of ripe apple and tropical fruit flavors, with a hint of spice and butterscotch from the oak aging.

The grapes were vineyard selected and hand-harvested prior to being pressed. The juice was cold settled and solids were removed prior to fermentation in upright fermenters and barrels. Approximately seventy-five percent of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation, before aging on the lees for 3 to 4 months to impart a rich, toasty mouthfeel. The wine was then aged in French and American oak for 3 to 6 months prior to bottling.

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About Alamos:

From the vineyard to the winery, the Alamos wines are made to emphasize varietal fruit character. The cool evening temperatures in Catena's high altitude vineyards allow for prolonged hang time, preserving the fruit's full spectrum of aromas and flavors.

At the winery, the grapes are gently destemmed, fermentation temperatures are carefully controlled and two to four year old barrels are used to age the wines.