About This Wine
The Casablanca Valley has been described as “Chile’s Burgundy.”
And after tasting the 2011 Albamar Chardonnay, it’s easy to grasp the concept. The wine is crisp and focused, like the best white Burgundy bottlings, and it also possesses a hint of minerals — another Burgundian trait.
Albamar is made by William Cole Vineyards, which lies deep within the Casablanca Valley. The valley was first planted to grapevines in the mid-1980s, and it wasn’t long until it caught the attention of the wine world. As Chile’s first cool-climate coastal region, it quickly became known for crisp, fresh wines — including the kind often turned out by Burgundy’s top vintners.
The Albamar name pays homage to the region, as “alba” translates to “sunrise,” while “mar” means “ocean.” The combination of warm days and ocean-influenced cool nights during the growing season is ideal for producing top-quality Chardonnay — wine that compares quite favorably to the fine white wines of Burgundy.
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 Area of Chile
- Aromas & Flavors:Red Apple, Baking Spice, Pear, Peach, Toast and a Hint of Minerals
- Aging Vessels:Stainless Steel Tanks
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestionpork chops with apple sauce.