Terrenal Chardonnay 2012

Peck_TerrenalChardonnay2012I am trying to mix things up here by not repeating too often back-to-back.  In other words, I’m trying to jump around and taste wines from different areas and of different varieties each time.  I hope that keeps the site fresh and interesting for folks who drop in.  This time I did travel to South America again. [Remember, I travel by bottle on this blog.]  However, I hopped over the Andes to Chile via Chardonnay.

It’s interesting the things one learns while preparing to blog about a wine.  For instance, did you know that the word “terrenal” means “of the earth”  and “curicó” reportedly means “black waters?”  Thankfully, though, the names of the winery and the valley where the grapes were grown do not seem to have affected the characteristics of this wine in the least.  Which is good, because I don’t know that I’d enjoy an earthy Chardonnay that was a deep pitch color in the glass.  Here’s what I found instead.

Winemaker:  Terrenal (Jose Pedro Gomez)
Varietal:  Chardonnay
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  Curicó Valley, Chile
Price:  $4.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  This Chilean Chardonnay is very light-bodied and a pale yellow in the glass.  On the nose I found citrus and ripe pear.  Flavors for me were citrus aplenty with notes of pear and toasty oak, finishing on a zing of lemon grass.  There is also just a touch of chalkiness.  Acidity is fairly bright, and alcohol is at 13.5%.  This wine is also kosher.  I mentioned that the wine is light-bodied.  Indeed, it is.   If you want more viscosity (that coat-the-tongue feeling almost like oil) and/or a big, bold flavor profile that many Californian and Australian Chardonnays have become known for — this is not your Chardonnay.  That being said, it is an AOK wine, and I think it will pair just fine with almost any seafood.  And, it’s $4.99!

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

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4 thoughts on “Terrenal Chardonnay 2012

  1. Thinking about it a little more, I love the chardonnays from Casablanca Valley in Chile. They are a bit more multi-dimensional and more satisfying. Possibly more expensive but not always.

  2. I have actually tasted this wine and it is light and refreshing. Well worth the money. Theoretical speculation aside, the wine delivers a fruity flavor that works well with seafood and a lot of poultry. I like it.

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