Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2010
"The 2010 Chardonnay reveals a hint of oak (20% of the wine was aged in seasoned barrels), poached pear, and apple aromas informing the nose of a crisp, vibrant, savory wine with bright fruit, excellent balance, and a clean finish..." WA 02/12 "Light yellow-gold. Ripe pear, nectarine and orange on the fragrant spice- and smoke-accented nose. Picks up an exotic iodine quality and a sneaky licorice nuance with air to go with its potent orchard and citrus fruit flavors. Finishes sappy and very long, with firm grip and lingering smokiness. One-third of this wine went through malo and 10% of the barrels were new..91" IWC 05/12 "Rounded but persistent, with dried pineapple and mango notes giving way to light butter and heather hints on the medium-weight finish..." WS 11/11
External Reviews for Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay
Bright yellow. Pungent orange pith and pear aromas show impressive power as well as energy. Deep, focused and palate-staining, offering intense pit and orchard fruit flavors lifted by a tangy citrus quality. Rich but structured chardonnay with very good finishing clarity and nerve.
Light yellow-gold. Ripe pear, nectarine and orange on the fragrant spice- and smoke-accented nose. Picks up an exotic iodine quality and a sneaky licorice nuance with air to go with its potent orchard and citrus fruit flavors. Finishes sappy and very long, with firm grip and lingering smokiness. One-third of this wine went through malo and 10% of the barrels were new.
Your first take on this heavily oaked, natural-yeast Chard is that itrsquo;s a three-alarm smoke alert. Few, if any, Chilean Chardonnays are this overtly oaky. But the wood is of high quality, and the more time you give it the more you find apple, citrus and spice. Yes, itrsquo;s still resiny. But the balance and natural character of the wine are very good. Best if you like a New World style with plenty of barrel character.
Light, bright gold. Intriguing aromas of white peach, truffle, ginger and iodine, with hints of flowers and sweet butter. Dense and tactile, with an invigorating thread of smoky minerality giving the oily pit fruit and spice flavors a steely quality. The finish repeats the iodine and floral notes and lingers with excellent persistence. Irsquo;d love to taste this next to a high-end Saint-Aubin, or even a Chassagne-Montrachet.
Rich barrel aromas control the nose, and the offshooting toast, vanilla and roasted nut scents are familiar and controlled. The flavors are of tempered citrus and nectarine, while the finish has a creamy character along with a breeze of the tropics. Smooth and round mouthfeel.
Green-gold. Smoky melon and peach aromas display an intriguing pungency and good depth. Rich and smooth but lively, with fresh orchard and pit fruit flavors, medium weight and good finishing grip. Leaves a strong impression of honeydew behind.
Green-tinged yellow. Strikingly complex aromas of spiced pear, apple, floral honey and smoky lees. Fleshy orchard fruit and orange flavors are given spine by tangy minerals and gain an intriguing herbal quality on the back end. The mineral note lingers on the long, juicy finish.