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Tapiz Alta

Chardonnay,
 2016

$20.99/bottle

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Description

Our Chardonnay is fruit-driven with bright flavors of tropical fruits, creamed pear, and kiwi.  The mouthfeel is ample with hints of minerality.  Six months of oak aging adds lushness to this beautiful tapestry

Variety: Chardonnay
Region: Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Winemaker: Tapiz
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 13.9%

Winemaker's Notes

To celebrate the addition of Jean Claude Berrouet (ex-Petrus) as Consultant Winemaker, Tapiz released a new “Alta Collection” line of wines in 2013. The alta (high-altitude) fruit comes from Tapiz’s sustainably-farmed estate vineyards in Uco Valley, Mendoza. Chief Winemaker Fabian Valenzuela and Jean Claude work together to create a beautiful tapiz (tapestry) between the wine’s intense fruit and its oak aging

John's Notes

Over the past few weeks, I’ve received a number of requests to feature more Chardonnay, and coincidentally sold multiple bottles of nothing but Chard to a couple that came in just minutes after I opened the store today

If you’re also a Chard fan, I have the following in stock in addition to today’s Tapiz Alta feature.  Check them out in The Cellar

  • Pouilly Fuisse, Marie Antoinette 2017 (Burgundy, France) $24.99
  • Groth 2017 (Napa, CA) $30.99
  • EnRoute 2018 (Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA) $36.99
Nerdy Details

Winemaker: Tapiz – Fabian Valenzuela & Jean Claude Berrouet

Variety: 100% Chardonnay

Region: Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

Climate:

  • Defined by altitude more than latitude, the Andes mountains shield Argentina’s wine regions from the cooling influences of the Pacific Ocean. As such, the vineyards are planted at elevations up to 2000 meters and beyond as a means to protect against the searing heat
  • Since the Andes’ rain shadow also significantly limits rainfall, irrigation is critical, and water is typically drawn from the mountain’s rivers or subterranean aquifers
  • Because of the dry climate, the vineyards have little risk from fungal disease, rot, or mildew
  • The cool nighttime temperatures in the Uco Valley help the grapes retain acidity and fresh fruit flavors

Viticulture

  • The Alta (high-altitude) fruit comes from Tapiz’s 100% sustainably-farmed estate vineyards in Uco Valley, Mendoza
  • The grapes are harvested entirely by hand with double manual selection sorting
  • All of the fruit comes from the winery’s San Pablo Estate at 1400 meters above sea level which is characterized by cold nights due to the proximity of the mountains and altitude

Winemaking:

  • Cold pre-fermentative maceration
  • Alcoholic fermentation takes place in new and 2nd used French oak barrels
  • 100% malolactic fermentation in oak
  • Aged for 6 – 8 months in oak

Alcohol: 13.9%

Residual Sugar:  6.6 g/L

Pairs Well With: Salmon with garlic cream sauce, fettuccine Alfredo, shrimp scampi

Reviews

James Suckling (91): A soft and juicy wine with lots of creme brulêe and dried apple character.  Full body, fruity and flavorful.  Lots going on here.  6/21/17

Natalie Maclean Wine Reviews (90): A rich, creamy Argentina Chardonnay with aromas of golden apple and freshly baked bread. Pair with roasted turkey or chicken. 5/16/19

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