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Date Printed: 9/2/2014
Apaltagua Reserva Chardonnay 2011
Apaltagua Reserva Chardonnay 2011
(search item no. 114780)
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PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Grown in the prestigious Casablanca Valley, Apaltagua Reserva Chardonnay boasts a bold nose of luscious citrus flavors, crisp acidity, and a juicy finish. The winning combination of grapes cultivated in Chile's premier wine growing region and meticulous attention to every detail that goes into the process ensures the production of an outstanding wine year after year.
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About Apaltagua:

Apaltagua is a winery that specializes in one distinguished, but lesser known, grape varietal - carmenère. Carmenère is the "lost Bordeaux" variety, as it was originally planted in Bordeaux, but was abandoned there because it was too late ripening for their climate, but was known for producing very high quality and elegant wines. Thankfully, the carmenère variety was imported to Chile where it not only survives, but makes exceptionally good wines in the hands of wineries like Apaltagua.

Apaltagua, owned by the seven Donoso Silva brothers, has a missionary-like zeal in its dedication to, and excitement about, the carmenère grape. The winery produces three levels of carmenère-based wines: Apaltagua Estate Carmenère, Apaltagua Envero Carmenère, and Apaltagua Grial Carmenère. Much of the fruit comes from ungrafted, 60-year old carmenère vines all located on the family estate in the prestigious Apalta district of Chile. The resulting wines are exceptionally good, with a chocolately richness and a peppery edge, combining the best attributes of merlot and cabernet sauvignon in one grape.