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Tabali Chardonnay Reserva Especial 2008

Chardonnay from Chile
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Winemaker Notes

A limpid golden yellow colored wine. To the nose it is fresh, intense and complex, where mineral aromas predominate elegantly complemented by hints of honey and citric fruits that evoke a smooth maturity with a balanced acidity, this Chardonnay has a toasted finish.

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The 2008 Chardonnay Reserva Especial shows off the potential for Chardonnay in Limari. It delivers Cote de Beaune like aromatics of mineral, toast, white fruits, and hazel nut. Elegant, intense, with lively natural acidity, this lengthy effort may well evolve for 1-2 years and can be enjoyed through 2014. Tabali is producing high quality wines from the newly developing cool-climate region of Limari.

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Tabali, , South America
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The winery started its vineyard plantings in 1993 in the exciting Limari Valley, in Northern Chile. Its closeness to the Atacama Desert, the proximity of the Pacific Ocean (just 29km), the clear, pure skies, hot days and fresh nights, result in an exceptional terroir for the elaboration of premium and super premium wines.

At Tabali winery they are totally committed to crafting unique wines with distinct regional character and Limari expression. They are passionate about producing the highest quality wines by carefully balancing all elements, growing healthy vines, a careful selection of grapes and ultimately the best winemaking techniques. Their young and enthusiastic team is dedicated to producing wines that wine lovers around the world can taste and enjoy.

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Dark, full-bodied, and herbaceous with a spicy kick, Carménère has found great success in Chile, far from its birthplace of Bordeaux. Although Carménère once accompanied Malbec and Petit Verdot as a minor blending grape in Bordeaux, it is now virtually extinct there, though it has been thriving since the mid-nineteenth century in Chile. Originally mistaken for Merlot, it is now successful of its own accord and plantings continue to increase. It is bottled both on its own and as part of Bordeaux-inspired blends.

In the Glass

If not fully ripe, Carménère is often marked by a green, herbaceous character (think green bell pepper and green peppercorn), and expresses flavors of red berry and black pepper when just ripe. With additional hangtime at the end of harvest, it is reminiscent more of blackberry, blueberry, and dark plum, with rich and savory notes of chocolate, coffee, smoke, and soy sauce.

Perfect Pairings

Carménère can easily overpower lighter fare, but makes a great match for a hearty steak or barbecued red meat. It can also work well with white meat when prepared with a richer sauce such as mole.

Sommelier Secret

Perhaps Carménère’s herbal character can be explained in part by familial relations—due to the strange nature of grapevine breeding, Carménère is both a progeny and a great-grandchild of the similarly flavored Cabernet Franc.

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