Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wine Review Wednesday: Concha y Toro Chardonnay Xplorador 2009

Hints of nuts, and a whiff of licorice and vanilla on the nose, complicate the fresh, bright lemon and green apple notes of this very easy-to-love Chilean Chardonnay. There’s depth here, to be sure, yet not at the expense of a feeling of elegance so often missing from Chardonnays at this price point, which, given the pleasure it brings, seems absurdly low. The sweet vanilla follows through to the palate, and itself is complicated by caramel flavors that manage to add interest to the wine’s freshness without weighing it down. The finish lingers on with sweet tropical fruit, lemon oil, and something that reminds me of a bright summertime fennel salad with its anise-scented perfume. It’s perfect, in other words, for this time of year.


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