Concha y Toro Amelia Chardonnay 2018 (750ml)

Concha y Toro Amelia Chardonnay 2018 (750ml)

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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. Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker Wine Advocate

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. Joaquín Hidalgo, Vinous

Region: Casablanca Valley, Aconcagua, Chile

Grape Varietal: 100% Chardonnay

Critic Rating: Robert Parker Wine Advocate 95 Points, Vinous 94 Points

Suggested Drink Window: 2020 - 2026