Errazu…not so good

23 Jun

2007 Errazuriz Estate Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley, Chile $11.80 LCBO #318741

I guess it was just a matter of time. In the 10 weeks since I started “Adam’s Wine of the Week” I have been pretty good at picking wines that delivered on the promise of great wine at a great price.

Well…this week’s selection from Errazuriz Estates, one of Chile’s largest (and most well known) producers, is a wine that I can’t recommend regardless of its low price of $11.80.

That being said, it’s just as important to understand what makes this wine stand at the back of the pack while others of equal value shine. The truth is the 2007 Errazuriz Estate Chardonnay from Chile’s Casablanca Valley has all the elements to be a good wine. It has solid flavours of lemon, pineapple, cream, and a hint of vanilla. The problem is that the flavours seem to be not well integrated. They seem to attack your taste buds one at a time.

I know that we are getting into technical wine terms, but think of the concept of “integration” in terms of a car. Some cars are like a Ferrari, seamless with all the pieces fitting perfectly together allowing the collective whole to take on a grander aura than just being a car. While others are more like a Yugo. It has all the same basic parts of the Ferrari, but the pieces just don’t seem to fit together well. Unfortunately, this wine is a Yugo…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

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Posted by on June 23, 2008 in Chardonnay, Chile, White Wine


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