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2017 Arboleda Chardonnay Aconcagua Costa SKU #1450879

Price: $17.99

DC 94 JS 93 RP 91
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Founded in 1999 by Eduardo Chadwick, Arboleda's focus is not only on producing great wine, but also preserving the biodiversity of their beautiful property. The Aconcagua Costa area, just north of Chile's Casablanca Valley, has seen a real rise in interest amongst growers, producers and others in the trade in Chile, for good reason. Here, there is a cool coastal influence, a diverse array of slate and granite soils, and seemingly limitless potential for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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  • Chris DePaoli
    By: Chris DePaoli
    6/2/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    An easy, made-for-summer chardonnay that's light enough to sip on by itself but with a nice little backbone to front up against grilled chicken, roast veggies, or good cheese. All lemon, limestone and pom fruit upfront fading into a nice stone finish, this is just really drinkable (technical wine term). If it seems we all get nerdy excited about anything that slaps the words "Cool Climate" on itself in the wine world, this is a great example of why.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    6/2/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    This is Chilean Chardonnay that will alter most people's perceptions of Chilean Chardonnay. Native yeast fermentation in French oak and a third of the wines undergo Malolactic fermentation. This is New world Chardonnay that has more in common with Burgundy than California. In fact the cool pear, apple, and muted floral elements, backed with a hint of flint and a whiff of oak that makes me immediately think of Pouilly Fuisse. It is not until the wine hits the palate that you have to reconsider that assumption. There is a little more weight, a hint more texture, the fruit is riper, more Fuji apple than green apple, these things stand out immediately. The focus and drive of the wine definitely feel the cooler climate. This has drive and zip and a really fun lingering minerality. The cork dork in me loves that the stony origins of this wine are metamorphic and igneous while the prototypical Chardonnay (Burgundian) stone is sedimentary. You can feel the difference on the finish, I love it. All that being said, the wine is lovely and delicious. Apple pear, citrus with a soft creamy texture to help soften the crisp edge without dulling it. The finish has good persistence, where the apple and pear play with the schist and igneous minerality. A perfectly refreshing aperitif on a warm summer evening but I think this will really shine with lighter poultry and fish dishes as well as salads now that the weather wants us to spend more time outside.
  • Andrew Tobin
    By: Andrew Tobin
    6/2/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    As I write this we are all in a strange and unprecedented time in our lives. Kirk Walker our Spain, Portugal, and South America buyer has been keeping us afloat with wine samples to end the days after we've raced to fill all the orders we've become inundated with. My excitement was peaked today when he opened us a bottle of the new Arboleda Chardonnay as I am a huge fan of cool climate Chard and even more so of Chilean wine. We open the nose with a familiar, almost California-esque oak note which quickly gives way to a more old-world influenced orchard pear, apple, and flint note, almost as though they set out to make Mersault with new world production supplies. The palate leans even further to the old world influence with flint and a hint of smoke surrounded by fresh, ripe pear and apple, Meyer lemon , and a lovely frothed egg white texture. This is a steal of a bottle at $18, we'll all be drinking this for the summer!

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