This golden chardonnay begins with a lemon vanilla nose, and vanilla can be overwhelming in a chardonnay -- but it isn't, in this case.

2009 EQ Matetic Vineyards Chardonnay

This golden chardonnay begins with a lemon vanilla nose, and vanilla can be overwhelming in a chardonnay — but it isn’t, in this case. There’s apparently plenty of oak, but it’s nicely integrated so it doesn’t make the wine too sweet either. A strain of lively acidity runs through the flavor, with a hint of chalkiness on the palate. This is a medium-bodied wine with a medium-length finish. Acidity dominates in the finish. In order to appreciate it fully, do not serve this wine ice cold. Should pair well with a variety of light main courses such as fish and chicken. Recommended. BSE

WHO: Matetic Vineyards
WHAT: Chardonnay
WHERE: D.O. San Antonio, Chile
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: around $24 (media sample)

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