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Purchased: Corvallis, OR 11-7-2014 (during wine sale).
Region: Uco Valley, Mendoza (1,050 m asl)
Varietals:Chardonnay 60% / Viognier 40%
Alcohol: 13,0% vol.
Acidity: 5,5 g/l as Tartaric acid
Residual sugar: Less than 4 g/l
Fermentation: 15 days at 16 ºC in barrels and stainless steel tanks.
Maceration period: N/A.
Malolactic Fermentation: 30%.
Aging Time: 30% of the blend in French oak barrels during 3 to 6 months.
Color is a pale yellow straw.
Nose: Pineapple, peach and there is an almost fermented pear making itself known in the fragrance.
Taste: I believe Lim would classify this as off-dry. To me (remembering that I’m super sensitive to sugars in wine) it’s just too sweet (and I’m sure it is not a sweet wine but it’s too far off dry for my palate). Initial taste is crisp and the wine shows up front with tart pears but it isn’t in the mouth for more than a couple of seconds before a sweet peach syrup intrudes. The taste & body I find to be more like a Pinot Gris than a Chardonnay. I do not taste Viognier at all (sad too, I really am fond of Viognier). The wine presents itself more like an un-oaked wine, for those who prefer that style. It tastes young and acidic on one hand and something like a peach mimosa on the other hand.
I believe Pinot Gris lovers would really enjoy this one, it’s very much in line with that style/taste. Parker gave this wine an 87 points, for those that follow his scoring.
I forgot to include Bargainwhine’s review of the 2009 version of this wine, for comparison.