February 2014 Wine of the Month Club Newsletter - page 12

VINTNERS SERIES
V I N T N E R S
FEBRUARY 2014
12
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racy Chardonnays with an
engaging fruit profile,
lifted aromatics and stony
minerality.
Head Winemaker, Bernardo
Bonilla, was born in
Maldonado, Uruguay. After
High School, he studied
Psychology but then a couple
of years later, he finally
decided to fulfill his dream of
becoming a winemaker. Thus,
he settled in Mendoza where
he graduated in Oenology
at the Don Bosco School.
While studying, he worked
at Bodegas Los
Toneles and then
began working for
Catena Zapata
winery. His last
assignment at the
Catena
Zapata
Group was to be
the principal wine-
maker for Catena,
one of the most
revered wineries in
Argentina. During
this period, he
specialized in the
elaboration of sparkling
wines. Today, Bernardo is
responsible for every aspect
associated with wine-
making at Casarena Winery
& Vineyards.
505 is the address number of
the century old renovated
Casarena Winery on Brandsen
Street in the Distrito Perdriel.
This exceptional value offers
one of the best flavor profiles
and drinkability we’ve seen
yet. A fresh, ripe up front
fruit profile is combined
with varietal purity and
elegance with an appropriate
light oak aging for additional
complexity. Would absolutely
sing with seared scallops.
asarena (translated
as “Sand House”)
Winery & Vineyards
is named after the earth-
toned stucco exterior of
the winery located on
Brandsen Street, in the
heart of Perdriel district in the
Luján de Cuyo region of
Argentina located right next
to the Mendoza River.
Approximately 20 minutes
away from downtown
Mendoza, this viticulture
project began in 2007 after
the rebuilding of a century-
old family winery.
The old building,
where Casarena
stands, was fully
renovated for the
operation of a
state-of-the-art
winery, which
combines the best
of traditional
processes with the
latest technologi-
cal innovations. At
the moment, it
has a capacity of
70,000 gallons in concrete
tanks coated with epoxy and
equipped with a heating and
cooling system, which help
prevent temperature changes
during the fermentation
process. The winery has also
20,000 gallons capacity in
stainless steel tanks and a
special room designed to
hold 400 oak barrels with a
controlled temperature and
humidity system.
All the winemaking process
is done with first class
methods and supplies. It is a
Bordeaux style fermentation
process. Over the millennia,
the river has left a light rocky,
silt-y soil with abundant
surface stones. These unique
soil characteristics produce
C
ITEM #: V0214W2IA
Retail Price:
$17.99/each
Member Price: $15.98/each
Reorder Price: $12.99/each
27% Discount
Chardonnay
(Shar doe NAY)
2012
Casarena 505
Casarena, Argentina
Color:
Very pale
Nose:
Fresh apple
Palate:
Slight with a hint
of spice
Finish:
Apple and vanilla
Alcohol:
13.5%
Drink now
through 2015
WOMC RATING
94 Points
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