February 2014 Wine of the Month Club Newsletter - page 10

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extract the aromas. The
maceration lasts from four to
twelve hours with controlled
low temperatures of 41°F.
Afterwards, the must is
pressed which allows us to
extract and separate two
types of juices: the highest-
quality free-flow juice and
the pressed juice, in order to
finally start the fermentation
process in tanks of stainless
steel. The aging process
takes place without
separating the
lees from the
wine. This process
lasts between four
and six months.
Once the wine is
bottled, the aging
process continues
for three months
befo re i t i s
released.
Before becoming
a w i nema ke r,
Benjamin Mei
worked for many years in
the agriculture industry.
As he travelled the French
count r y s i de
meet i ng
farmers, his interest in
viticulture grew eventually
earning a degree in
viticulture and oenology
at the CFPPA of Maçon
Davayé in Burgundy. After
graduating,
Benjamin
worked all over France
including many of the most
heralded areas of Burgundy.
This is one of the best
Chardonnays from Chile we
have tasted. It has a lasting
grip and follow through to
match with chicken in a
tarragon cream sauce.
he grapes for our
Apaltagua Reserve
Chardonnay comes
from vineyards located in
different sectors of the
Casablanca Valley, a region
known for its marked marine
influence and for being the
most favorable valley in
Chile for the production of
white wines.
The Casablanca Valley
possesses Mediterranean-
style climate with cold and
rainy winters. The
s umme r s a re
characterized by
the presence of
morning fogs that
maintain cooler
temperatures and
add humidity to
the dry terrain but
disappear around
mid-day to give
way to a radiant
sun that shines on
the vineyards all
afternoon.
The grapes come from three
zones which lend this wine
much more complexity.
Harvested by hand, the
grapes are carefully trans-
ported in bins of 200 pounds
in order for the grapes to
remain intact to preserve the
organoleptic quality of the
grapes. The yields are kept to
around three to five tons of
grapes per acre.
The grapes are harvested
between the months of
March and April when they
have reached their optimal
maturity levels. They first
go through an exhaustive
selection process, then a pre-
fermentation maceration
with the skins, in order to
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ITEM #: V0214W1IC
Retail Price:
$18.99/each
Member Price: $15.98/each
Reorder Price: $11.99/each
37% Discount
Chardonnay
(Shar doe NAY)
2013
Apaltagua
Casablanca Valley, Chile
Color:
Straw Yellow
Nose:
Apple and Citrus
Palate:
Lemony & Crisp
Finish:
Clean with hints
of citrus
Alcohol:
13.5%
Drink now
through 2016
WOMC RATING
95 Points
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