2015 Casas del Bosque Chardonnay Gran Reserva

There are winemakers that have established core values that align with historical practices from either the family or region. They never waiver from the status quo. Then there are the trendsetters; those who break the old mold winemaking and viticulture. They create something never before seen and bring a fresh perspective to the world of wine.
Today's wine is from one of those trendsetters. From Chile's celebrated white wine-producing region, Casablanca is the 2015 Casas del Bosque Chardonnay Gran Reserva.
I was immediately captivated when I first tasted this mysterious bottle. So many aspects about this wine intrigued me but one thing immediately piqued my interest. It was the elegant aromas of lemon, pineapple core, combined with toasted almond which led to a full-bodied palate with excellent structure and remarkable length.
Deep and complex wines like this can only be achieved through highly skilled winemaking. This is why Casas del Bosque was recognized by the International Wine & Spirits Competition as the best Chilean winery in 2013 and 2014.
Nothing about Casas del Bosque and their trendsetting ways is conventional to modern winemaking. They harvest their grapes in the dead of night to capture peak acidity. This Gran Reserva Chardonnay also has a kiss of kiss contact which adds greater texture and sophistication to the wine. After diving into the details behind one of Casablanca's most important wineries their status as a leader and innovator becomes clear.
If you love rich yet balanced Chardonnay's this is one bottle you don't want to miss. It's the unlikely combination of a Meausault and Californian style Chard with a kiss of skin contact that will completely redefine what Chardonnay can be. Suckling gave it 92-points and it's under $20 a bottle. Act fast.
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