My tasting notes for the 2009 Andeluna Reserve Chardonnay start like this: “Opposite of cold weather chard.” I love chardonnay like any other grape, but my beef with some chards labelled cold weather is that they hide behind their climate to excuse their flat fruit and uninspiring aromas. This wine is from Mendoza Argentina, not from a cold weather climate, and oh joy! it does not have flat fruit or a boring nose! (and by the way you can make exciting, vibrant chard in climates that start getting chilly in September or March depending on what side of the equator you are on, take France’s Jura for example)
Start with the nose. I was pretty much ready to give this wine a Gold record award right from the sniff. Wheaty, apricot marmalade and almond wafted up like a freshly baked amandine. Amandine is a French pastry which is essentially a croissant stuffed with almond paste, covered in shaved almonds that toast during baking and dusted with icing sugar before eating. When they are fresh baked the smell is absolutely fabulous, and the Andeluna Reserve Chardonnay captures that fresh out of the oven amandine experience right down to the toasted almonds.
Do I need to talk about the taste? Balanced dryness from healthy oak framed honey, pear, melons in a real treat of a wine. Drinkable with food or on it’s own.
Musical Match: Just like this wine can be enjoyed by itself or with food, my musical match could be considered a wonderful track on it’s own and also an important part of what is possibly pop/rock’s most sacred albums. Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. You Make Loving Fun. Sometimes we take for granted how good a Chard can be, just like how we sometimes take for granted about how much fun it is to be in love. So remind somebody you love how much fun they are and share a glass or two of the 2009 Andeluna Reserve Chardonnay with them!
Special thanks to the Wines of Argentina for providing me transportation, great lodging, amazing food and access to the wonderful wine and winemakers of Mendoza and Cafayate during a promotional tour of Argentina for 10 days in July 2011. This wine was sampled during that promotional tour.