Callia Alta Chardonnay/Torrontes : Wine Woman Pick

Callia Alta Chardonnay/Torrontes

Price: ¥115

Golden-yellow wine. Complex aroma of tropical fruits with hints of honey and flowers. It is fruity and fresh on the palate, with well-balanced acidity and a pleasant finish.

Adding a healthy dash of Argentina’s own varietal makes Chardonnay interesting.

This wine’s aroma has an off-dry pungency that reminds me of Alsatian Pinot Blanc or Riesling, which elevates the wine into interesting territory and possibly appealing to a wider range of tasters at a third of the price of an Alsace. Great too if you are having a party where you need to cover all the bases, including fruit, weight, good acidity, aromatic pungency and budget friendliness.

Food Matching: Ideal with warm salad and poached seafood. The dry finish can even cope with some tastier foods, like Spicy Chicken, which is the pairing I enjoyed recently!

July 2012: The 2011 is even better than the 2010 and now is elevated to a Wine Woman Pick.

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