2018 Concha Y Toro Amelia Chardonnay

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The 2018 Amelia Chardonnay is the second vintage in which they have used grapes from Limarí (grapes used to be grapes from Casablanca), and this wine was one of the revelations of my tasting with Concha y Toro's winemakers Marcelo Papa and Marcio Ramírez. It mixes grapes from two soils: one with more limestone than the other (Quebrada Seca) and a stonier one called Santa Cristina. They seem to have hit the nail on the head with this blend in the very good 2018 vintage. The wine comes through as serious and restrained and has a different grip on the palate. It has the sharpness of the limestone, with a little more volume, and it comes through as very complete, harmonious, long and wide, with a tasty, salty finish and great persistence. There is more complexity here than in the bottling from Maycas del Limarí. 12,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2019.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 95 RP
This is a dense, layered chardonnay with cooked apples, white peaches and flowers. Full-bodied, yet tight with intense acidity. Punchy at the end. Mineral and stone undertones. Very complex. Drink or hold.

James Suckling | 94 JS
Quebrada Seca, in Limarí, boasts soils of granite and red clay with visible seams of limestone. Amelia was born in Bloques 3 and 9 which, in a cold year with the help of Burgundian knowhow, reaches a significant and seductive degree of sophistication: green apple and hazelnuts set the tone and establish a balanced structure that is both tight and expressive with a malic freshness that emphasizes the chalky texture and slightly dry feel on the tongue. Offers a lengthy finish and ample potential for the future.

Vinous Media | 94 VM
Creamy oak and vanilla aromas are up front and dominate the nose on this high-end Chardonnay from Limarí. Acid-driven freshness defines the palate feel, not resiny oak or sticky fruit, although this is definitely ripe throughout. Flavors of spiced apple and honeydew melon finish with lasting barrel notes. Drink now; this is in peak condition.

Wine Enthusiast | 92 WE

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Vintage 2018
Color White
Country Chile: As the world's seventh-largest wine producer, Chile has a lot to offer to wine adventurers such as yourself. More than twenty grape varietals commonly see use, and the environment and climate conditions of the country allow for flexible, experimental methods that make the wines that much more compelling. Interestingly enough, France's viticultural influence on Chile is greater than Spain's. Cabernet Sauvignon has recently become the most planted varietal in the region, although the unique Chilean terroir is still sensed in full force. If you're in the mood for something different, the mad scientists behind Chile's most reputable wineries are ready to impress.
Producer Concha Y Toro
Rating 95 RP
Region Chile: The long but narrow shape of the country can trick one into assuming there's not much room for diversity in winemaking between Chile's eastern and western borders, but this couldn't be farther from the truth. New regions and sub-regions are being discovered and classified even now due to the deeply nuanced landscape and climate within this country. Chile has won prizes for its breathtaking, opulent, rich, sophisticated wines that somehow still find ways to improve each year. Its winemaking tradition is long considering it's a New World wine region. Combined with modern styles and methods of production, the wines produced as a result encompass the best sides of both worlds. Packed with fragrant fruit but supplemented by a herbal profile, these wines naturally seduce the harshest critics. Though the grapes grown in Chilean vineyards are generally international varieties like Chardonnay, Merlot, Carmenere, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, it's the specific terroir, growing conditions and unique culture that make Chilean wines stand out among the crowd. Chilean viticulture is still in its infancy, but its potential is now being revealed and the wines produced here are rapidly becoming a hit in the industry. Exuberant, complex, nuanced as they are bold, easily approachable yet hardly forgotten, wines like these cannot be found just anywhere.
Type of Wine Chile White: Chilean whites ask for very little on your part but deliver a level of quality that Dionysus himself would be jealous of. Whether we're talking about their acidic, mineral-infused, and zesty Chardonnay or their wonderfully rich, lemon-kissed Sauvignon Blanc, the region is a dream to explore. Prepare your senses for the time of their life, and enjoy.
Varietal Chardonnay: Isn't just the most popular white wine in the world - it's angelic. Anyone with a developed taste for fine wine would struggle to maintain composure after tasting some of the stronger vintages of this masterpiece. Aside from France and the United States, you can expect to encounter bottles from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Italy, Chile, and quite a few others. Every region that produces quality Chardonnay tends to add their own spin to it by including a lot of delicious fruits and changing up their techniques
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