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Penalolen Cabernet Franc 2008

Cabernet Franc from Chile
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14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Made from 100% Cabernet Franc grapes, this cool-climate Casablanca Valley wine has aromas of red currant, cherry and blueberry with hints of herb and subtle floral notes. The texture is juicy and elegant thanks to well integrated spicy tannins. The finish has red berries and spicy dried fruit. Aged in French oak for 15 months.

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Herbal notes of tea leaves and spices show the imprint of this cabernet franc's cool climate. Firm acidity focuses the cool black fruit flavor.
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Vina Penalolen

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Vina Penalolen, , South America
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This winery was founded by the superstar winemaker of Chile, Ignacio Recabarren, and vineyard owner Ricardo Peña. The wine is estate grown and bottled with all the fruit harvested from the winery's own two vineyards. Viña Peñalolén is dedicated to producing the best expression of fruit and soil from the Maipo and Casablanca Valley's, resulting in wines of pedigree and complexity.

Chassagne-Montrachet

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A Côte de Beaune village most famous for its beautifully textured and powerful whites, Chassagne-Montrachet reaches farthest south in the Côte d’Or, save for the village of Santenay. It has three Grand Cru vineyards, Le Montrachet, Bâtard-Montrachet and Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet. Le Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet overlap with and are (confusingly) shared with the village of Puligny-Montrachet. But Chassagne-Montrachet bears sole ownership of the Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru.

The beauty doesn’t stop there as the village has a great many outstanding Premier Cru wines and village level wines. Most famous Premier Cru vineyards include Les Chenevottes, Clos de la Maltroie, En Cailleret and Les Ruchottes. Village level wines offer many lovely examples of what the village has to offer, but at more approachable price points and perhaps less demand of waiting.

The best sites in Chassagne-Montrachet soils are complex in sedimentary rock limestone and have less marl. Whites, which are by law composed of 100% Chardonnay (as in all classified white Burgundy from Côte d’Or), have steely power, bright and concentrated lemon, stone fruit and sometimes tropical fruit characteristics and a marked texture ranging from quite plush to an attractive, tactile and mineral feel.

There is some fine Pinot noir produced from the village. These wines tend to be high-toned and earthy with wild herb aromas and suave tannins.

Chardonnay

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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’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

GVIPENCABFRANC_2008 Item# 114513

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