Apaltagua Reserva 2010 Chardonnay

Price: Around $11

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Color: Pale yellow

Nose: Green apples and tropical fruit

Taste: Crisp.  Nice refreshing acidity.  Pleasant citrus fruit that lingers on the long finish.

Summary: For a non-oaked Chardonnay, which typically are not my cup of tea, this Chardonnay was alright.  I have found that many un-oaked Chardonnay’s in the $10 range, have a metallic citrus character which I don’t really care for. The Apaltagua Reserva has more roundness and a bit of minerality which I quite liked.

I paired this wine with crab salad and it was great, but I can see it would go well with with grilled or baked salmon.  This chardonnay from Chile’s Casablanca valley makes for great seafood accompaniment.


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