A different South American take on Chardonnay

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Brand NameFinca Gabrielli
Other Wines Reviewed
Wine NameChardonnay
Vintage (Year)2010
AVAMendoza Province
Wine ClassWhite
Wine TypeChardonnay
Dry/Sweet Level
(1-5; 5 being the sweetest)
Body Range
(1-5; 5 being full-bodied)
Alcohol %13.7%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 - $20
Site Rating8 (on a scale of 1-10)

There are times when you get so used to a varietal tasting a certain way, that it takes you by surprise when you taste a different take/style on it. That happened to me both with some Sauvignon Blanc from both Chateau Ste Michelle in Washington state, as well as one from France. This is one of those times.

In the Italian fashion, this wine, of course with the vineyard started by an Italian man, is very clean and doesn't have everything else affecting the overall taste of the wine. Weirdly enough, I was expecting this wine to have another varietal in it, because it tasted like something else is in it.

With a very straw yellow colour, this wine has a very clean taste to it, with very muted aspects of both pineapple and lemon with a very light acidity. The finish is not long and this is probably best with something like herbed chicken, especially dill or rosemary. On the end, you actually get a little bit of grassyness as well.

But I will tell you something, the more you drink of this, the more it gets better and better.


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