Wine Of The Day; 2015 Concha y Toro Chardonnay Marqués de Casa Concha

“This is a New World wine produced with an Old World sensibility that evokes Burgundy for me”

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Fruit for this wine was sourced from Quebrada Seca vineyard in northern Chile’s Limari Valley.   Located 200 miles (320km) north of the Chilean capital, Santiago, the Limari Valley is one of the northernmost wine growing regions in Chile.   This dry remote region, located south of the Atacama Desert, is  situated at a latitude of 30° south, well beyond the latitudes traditionally associated with wine growing.  But, what the  Limari Valley has going for itself is an exceptionally long growing season – almost seven months from bud-break to harvest and possibly the longest of any wine region in the worldChardonnay is the star grape variety in Limari Valley wines, producing wines with a certain minerality thanks to the relatively cool climate and the limestone content in the soil

My tasting notes follow:

Color – Pale Yellow
Aromas – Fragrant ripe pear, vanilla, wet stone, citrus pith and a hint of hazelnuts
Body – Medium-bodied, and very fresh with ripe lemony acidity
Taste – Pear, green apple, Meyer lemon and a hint of quince with an appealing minerality
Finish – Medium

89-90pts|14.5% abv| SRP – $22| Sample purchased for review

This is a New World wine produced with an Old World sensibility that evokes Burgundy for me.  And it drinks substantially above its price point.

Pair with: This wine was fantastic paired with take-out Mexican food! But its vibrant acidity make it pretty versatile at the table.  Drink with oysters and other shellfish, sushi, sashimi, fish and chips or a nice triple creme brie cheese!

Enjoying take out of Chicken burrito and Shrimp Ceviche tostada for lunch. Decided to select a @conchaytoro ‘15 Marques de Casa Conacha Chardonnay #samplewine to pair with our food. Glad I did! This food friendly wine paired well with both! And it goes down way to easy with its charming full-bodied, fresh, ripe pear, hazelnut,vanilla and wet stone character. Fruit for this wine is from the Quebrada Seca vineyard 135m above sea level on the banks of the Limari River south of the Atacama Desert. The cactus strewn Limari seems an improbable environment for producing world class wine, but a very long growing season, cool breezes and a mineral rich soil (mostly limestone topped by alluvial clay) result in a wine with impressively vibrant acidity, yet full bodied. 14.5% abv. SRP-$22. I’m a huge fan of Chilean wines for high QPR #wine,and this wine is no exception! #DOLinari #conchaytoro #conchaytorowines #winelover #opinionsaremyown #enofylzwineblog #sommstable

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About Concho Y Toro

From Wine.com…

Founded in 1883, Vina Concha y Toro is Latin America’s leading producer and occupies an outstanding position among the world’s most important wine companies, currently exporting to 135 countries worldwide. Uniquely, it owns around 9,500 hectares of prime vineyards, which allows the company to secure the highest quality grapes for its wine production. Concha y Toro’s portfolio includes a wide range of successful brands at every price point, from the top of the range Don Melchor and Almaviva to the flagship brand Casillero del Diablo and innovative stand-alone brands such as Palo Alto and Maycas del Limari.

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