About This Wine
Mendoza is the wine capital of Argentina, and San Rafael is the quality capital of Mendoza.
This is the home of Bodega Roca, the maker of Ombu wines, a line named for the Ombu tree, which is a cultural symbol of the Argentine gaucho. Ombu wines are handcrafted by Alejandro Roca, a fourth-generation winemaker of Italian and Spanish ancestry.
Roca fully understands how fortunate he is to be based in San Rafael, a high-desert oasis in the southern sector of Mendoza. There, low rainfall, intense sun and mild nights all contribute to slow maturing of the grapes, which consistently are well balanced and complex.
Roca works in the cellar to preserve the wonderful fruit flavors of the grapes, eschewing oak barrels for aging in “neutral” stainless steel tanks that impart no additional flavors to the finished wine. The 2009 Ombu Chardonnay is a delicious wine that seamlessly melds four generations of tradition with the best modern winemaking practices.
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:Finca La Perseverancia Vineyard in San Rafael Growing Area of Argentina
- Aromas & Flavors:Lemon, Banana, Apple, Toast and Tropical Fruit
- Aging Vessels:Stainless Steel Tanks
- When to Drink:Now Through 2012
- Food Pairing Suggestionshrimp dishes, salads, or chicken empanadas.
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Old World Rosemary Chicken With Chardonnay This recipe comes from our friends at Belvedere Vineyards & Winery in the Sonoma County town of Healdsburg. It matches wonderfully with Chardonnay, and we've enjoyed it with Chenin Blanc as well. Use it as the main entree for a special meal, or any meal. Get The Recipe
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