Saturday, May 4, 2013

Review: ***+ $ Panilonco Chief of Lions Chardonnay Viognier Reserva, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2011 = BEST VALUE

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Chilean Chardonnay Viognier.

By way of background, opening thoughts: Trader Joe offered an interesting exclusive on a "practically free" chardonnay viognier blend from a well known Chilean valley, Colchagua.  Let's give it a try.

Original tasting and review : This is Panilonco Chief of Lions Chardonnay Viognier Reserva, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2011, finished at 13.5% alcohol.


In the glass: Very pale yellow with glints of green olive.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright, sweet hay tones.  From the aroma, seems like this will be both sweet, friendly, fresh and poignant.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact rich, aromatic and fragrant, showing ripe gooseberries, an almost effervescent brightness and a finish that brings hints of honey and lemon, but wraps up entirely clean.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale with a plus for its combined lushness and brightness.  Awesome value at the "practically free" price.


Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Chilean Chardonnay Viognier.


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