The wines from Concha y Toro’s “Gran Reserva Serie Riberas” line come from vineyards along select river banks in Chile. “Serie Riberas” translates to mean river banks series. And it’s an interesting concept, knowing how influential rivers can be on a wines characteristics.
Think about it, some of the best wine regions are along rivers. This is no coincidence. The micro-climates created by rivers often create conditions that are good for growing grapes. So Concha y Toro had the idea to create a series of wines made from grapes grown along the banks of Chile’s major rivers.
This chardonnay comes from the banks of the Rapel river in Colchagua Valley.
Powerful citrus and melon aromas dominate the nose, but it also reveals some floral and peach too. The palate brings a luxuriously-creamy mouthfeel and rich lemon, melon, apple, peach and mineral flavors. The mineral really comes out on the finish. Although the wine was aged for 9 months in French oak, it’s not over-oaked (my complaint about a lot of chardonnay). This wine gives me a reason to be excited about Chilean chardonnay.
Wine: Gran Reserva Serie Riberas
Disclosure: This wine was received as a sample.
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