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Alamos Chardonnay 2016

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Winemaker Notes

Alamos Chardonnay shows a straw-yellow color with light shades of green. The nose offers ripe tropical fruit aromas with citrus and floral notes. The mouthfeel is full and rich, with concentrated ripe pear and fig fruit mingled with vanilla and sweet spice oak flavors. The finish is clean and fresh with bright, crisp acidity.

Pairs well with grilled chicken, grilled vegetables and pasta dishes.

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JS 91
James Suckling
A fresh and fruity wine with sliced lemon and lime. Hints of stone and apple. Medium to full body, phenolic texture, and a long finish.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2016 was not an easy harvest, but resulted in some exceptional wines, and the 2016 Alamos Chardonnay could very well be the best vintage of this popular wine. From 2015, it is only produced with grapes from the Valle de Uco fermented in stainless-steel. Twenty-percent of the volume goes through malolactic and is fermented with inner staves. The nose has abundant balsamic notes, a mixture of flowers, and yellow and white fruit. The palate is dry and balanced, with an austere, mineral feeling to it, incredible at this price level.
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Alamos, South America
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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.

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By far the largest and best-known winemaking province in Argentina, Mendoza is responsible for over 70% of the country’s enological output. Set in the eastern foothills of the Andes Mountains, the climate is dry and continental, presenting relatively few challenges for viticulturists during the growing season. Mendoza, divided into several distinctive sub-regions, including Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley, is the source of some of the country’s finest wines.

For many wine lovers, Mendoza is practically synonymous with Malbec. Originally a Bordelaise variety brought to Argentina by the French in the mid-1800s, here it found success and renown that it never knew in its homeland where a finicky climate gives mixed results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Pinot Noir are all widely planted here as well (and sometimes even blended with each other or Malbec). Mendoza's main white varieties include Chardonnay, Torrontés, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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