Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Rating: **** $$ Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay, 2005, Casablanca Valley, Chile

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Original Review, November, 2007:

This is a well-regarded Chilean chardonnay, fermented using natural, wild yeasts and aged in French oak barrels.

In the glass, this is transparent with honey/grass color tones. Aromatically, it's bright cream, steel and oak - a beguiling mix. Even a touch of flint and slate.

On the palate, this attacks at the same time in a number of different directions and dimensions. First, you notice the creamy smoothness. Then the oaky sweet fruit climbs up the back of your mouth. The very mellow acids sneak in only on the very back end, gently climbing up the sides of your mouth as the mellow middle finish of pear and fruit slowly melts away. And keeps melting.

Quite compelling. Four stars of five.

Parker was quite a fan too, awarding 92 Wine Advocate points and saying,"The 2005 Chardonnay “Wild Ferment” is a sensational value in high-class Chardonnay. Light gold-colored, it has a complex perfume of spring flower garden, butterscotch, and spiced pear. This stylish effort has superior concentration and balance with restrained elegance reminiscent of a premier cru Chassagne-Montrachet. Drink it over the next 3-5 years."

Updated Review, approx two years later, January, 2010:

Color has held solid.  Now the aromas seem even brighter - flint in a lemon wrapper!  I still see the steel, but no oak and creaminess has receded.  On the palate, the same beguiling mix appears.  Acids have come more to the fore, so drink early if you prefer the creaminess of this chardonnay as a youth, or drink late if you like giving the brighter acids their play.  This is a wonderful chardonnay; a best buy young or old.

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