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Date Printed: 9/30/2014
Veramonte Chardonnay 2006
Veramonte Chardonnay 2006
(search item no. 94518)
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The Wine News rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense golden yellow. Fresh floral and tropical fruit aromas mingle with mineral and citrus accents. Pineapple, nectarine, melon and banana resonate in this elegant Chardonnay with freshness and a bright finish.

Chile's Casablanca Valley is surrounded by coastal mountain ranges creatinga diversity of unique microclimates and terroir. Its close proximity to the Pacific Ocean provides an exceptionally long growing season for intensity of fruit flavors.

"Bright green-gold hue. Crisp scents of slate, mineral and lemon peel. Creamy acidity and juicy flavors of pear and golden pineapple. Impressions of vanilla, oak and buttered toast in the pear-driven close."
-Wine News
Tasters' Choice Selection 90/100

Wine Enthusiast Best Buy
"Veramonte is one of the early proponents of Casablanca, and this wine sings a pretty tune. The bouquet offers apple, melon, pear and a kiss of solid oak, while the palate shows vanilla along with soft pear and apple flavors. Balanced and a touch sweet, but not too oaky or resiny."

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About Veramonte:

Veramonte represents a return to Agustin Huneeus' Chilean roots. When he spearheaded development of the Veramonte Estate in 1990, there were less than 100 acres of grapevines planted in the Casablanca Valley.

The coastal mountain ranges surrounding the Casablanca estate create a unique terroir with a diversity of microclimates. The valley floor's cool climate is reminiscent of Carneros and ideal for growing premium Chardonnay. The foothills are warmer, akin to the more Northern reaches of the Napa Valley. Here, the climate is more suited to varieties like Carmenëre, the lost Bordeaux grape that has become Chile's citizen and the basis of Primus, our racy, exotic Chilean blend.

Using the latest viticultural technology developed in California, rootstock has been matched to each vineyard block and clone. Vertical trellising and dense vine spacing balance growth and fruit production. Veramonte's Casablanca vineyard produces significantly lower yields than other grape growing regions in Chile, resulting in grapes with more intensity and concentration.

Recognizing that the region also had potential as a tourist destination for its proximity to Santiago, Huneeus began to plant the estate and in 1995, constructed the first Napa Valley style hospitality center in Chile. The first wines were released in 1996.