About This Wine
Edward Tutunjian specializes in two wine varieties: Carmenere and Chardonnay.
Tutunjian and his family grow grapes and make wine in Chile, a country that hugs nearly 3,000 miles of South American coastline. Its dramatically varied topography, defined both by the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains, accommodates a wide array of varieties, and the Tutunjians craft a number under the Apaltagua label.
But Carmenere — sometimes referred to as the “lost Bordeaux variety” — and Chardonnay are the stars. The grapes for the Chardonnay Reserva bottling are grown in Chile’s Casablanca Valley, an area that has been compared to the Carneros region of Napa and Sonoma counties.
The special Casablanca grapes are entrusted to Alvaro Espinoza, recognized as one of Chile’s great winemakers. He embraces a full-bodied, rich and viscous style of Chardonnay that coats the palate and has a long, lingering finish. Aging in oak barrels imparts toastiness to the red apple flavor, resulting in a complex, tasty and memorable wine.
Relatively easy to grow in a variety of locations. Consistently produces some of the world's great white wines. Complex, full, rich and fruity with soft edges and moderate acidity. Offers rich and intense fruit flavors of apple, fig, melon, pear, peach, pineapple, along with creamy yeast spice, honey, butter and hazelnut flavors.
- Grape Composition:100% Chardonnay
- Grape Source:Casablanca Valley Growing Region of Chile
- Aromas & Flavors:Bright Red Apple, Framed by Toasty Oak
- When to Drink:Now Through 2012
- Food Pairing Suggestionpasta dishes that call for a rich white cream sauce.
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