One of my annual favorites is again available to Chardonnay lovers. Alamos’ 2012 Chardonnay has hit the US market and, once again, stands out as a price-point star.
The 2012 Alamos Chardonnay, like most of the Alamos Chardonnays, comes from the high foothills of the Mendoza region of Argentina. The Mendoza vineyards, with elevations of 3000 to 6000 feet, provide a well-sunned environment for Chardonnay grapes. When combined with the water from the Andes (which has a high mineral content), the Chardonnay grapes exist in an almost ideal growing environment.
During the growing season, the grapes are exposed to bright sun. During the evenings, the temperature drops, providing great conditions for the harvest of the grapes. The conditions allow Alamos to produce Chardonnays with a strong character and unique flavors.
The wine, which has a portion oak barreled, has a nose of spice and butterscotch. On the finish (which has a lasting pleasantness) fruit dominates the taste buds. Peach, tropical fruits and apple help set the final tastes of this nice Chardonnay.
The Mendoza region has developed into one of the world’s greatest sources for quality wines. Alamos sources the grapes from its vineyards; vineyards ranging from 1000 to 5000 feet. With the Andes fed water, the great sunlight and the evening cool temperatures, the grapes are ideal for Chardonnay production.
On the 2012 harvest, the Mendoza region was hit by strong winds and periods of intense frost. Because of this, yields in the region were lower than usual. However, offsetting the early conditions, at harvest time the area experienced cooler temperatures than normal. This, coupled with a period of cloudy days allowed the grapes to stay on the vines for a longer period of time. The extra time allowed the grapes to concentrate flavors prior to harvest, creating a better product at the end. Final yield was lower than an average year, but the quality of the harvest ended up to be quite high.
All grapes at harvest were hand-picked. After destemming, the grapes were crushed and pressed. The grapes were cold settled, and fermentation occurred after the lees were removed. The fermentation took place in upright tanks and barrels, with the temperature maintained at 55 degrees for three weeks.
During the fermentation approximately 75% of the grapes underwent malolactic fermentation aging for four months. Prior to final bottling, 50% of the wine was stored in French and American oak for six months.
The 2012 Alamos Chardonnay is 100% Chardonnay with an origin of Mendoza, Argentina. The alcohol content is a moderate 13.5% and the pH comes in at 3.54.
With its fruity flavors and lingering taste on the palate, this wine is ideal for Mahi Mahi, and, believe it or not, popcorn!
The Alamos 2012 Chardonnay was provided as a sample by Alamos wines. More information on the Alamos products may be found at alamoswines.com.
Have a winederful day!