Ritual Casablanca Valley Chardonnay 2018
An elegant wine with a greenish-yellow color, with expressive aromas of quince, apple and hazelnut notes intermingled with subtle hints of oak and vanilla. Smooth, elegant and creamy texture with a long finish.
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The 2020 Chardonnay Ritual from Casablanca spent a winter in concrete vats (20%) and new French oak 400-liter barrels (20%). Yellow with a golden shimmer. The aromas combine pineapple with notes of cigar box and ginger cookies. Taut with a malic feel, the palate remains ample and friendly with a creamy mouthfeel and lingering finish.
A region that has become synonymous with some of the best whites of Chile, the Casablanca Valley is full of dozens of bodegas who either grow fruit here or come from outside to source from local growers for their own white wine programs. The valley runs from east to west, which means that its westernmost vineyards receive the most cooling influence from the reliable afternoon sea breezes. The soils also tend to be heavier in clay in the west, whereas the eastern end of the valley is warmer and its soils are predominantly granitic. Sauvignon blanc thrives here, Chardonnay does well and Pinot noir is not uncommon.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.