2015 Ritual Chardonnay Casablanca Valley

SKU #1366331 93 points James Suckling

 A bright and stoney Chardonnay with clarity and beauty. Full body, bright and tangy acidity with lime and green pineapple character. Vertical tension to this. Long and flavorful finish. Drink now.  (5/2016)

Vinous

 Light, bright yellow. Aromas of fresh pear and orange pith, accompanied by a quinine accent in the background. Chewy and a touch dry on the palate, offering biter pear skin and citrus pith flavors and a subtle honeysuckle note. Finishes taut and nervy, displaying repeating citrus fruit character. (JR)  (2/2017)

Wine Spectator

 Baked apple and peach flavors are well-spiced in this fruity white. Notes of beeswax on the finish. (KM)  (10/2016)

K&L Notes

Located in Chile's Casablanca Valley, not too far from the cold Pacific influence (spring frost is a frequent risk in this region), Veramonte is moving from strength to strength, not only with their terrific Sauvignon Blanc and reliably delicious Pinot Noir bottlings, but with their Chardonnay as well. All of Veramonte's holdings in Casablanca valley are planted to various types of granite and decomposed granite soils, which contribute freshness to their wines.


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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/12/2018 | Send Email
I was seriously smitten by this humble, sub $18 Chardonnay, so much so that I thought we should probably email you about it; it might be the best Chardonnay for under $18 which I have tasted this year. This delicious Chardonnay is the result of a beautiful, coastal terroir, featuring lots of decomposed granite, some heirloom Wente clones originally planted 25+ years ago, and a winemaker in Rodrigo Soto who studied how to make Chardonnay with none other than David Ramey. There is a bright, rich, mouth filling, palate of citrus and stone fruit, with explosive acidity, along with the perfect combination of texture and freshness, which I associate with Wente clone Chard. Compare this Chardonnay to pricier ones from more expensive real estate (Sonoma county and Burgundy, for example) and prepare to be very pleasantly surprised!

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/3/2018 | Send Email
The fail safe for most Chardonnay drinkers is California. But why not lean a little south to Chile for an equally engaging and characterful style. Creamy ripe apples, toasted vanilla and a lively yet buttery texture give way to a fabulous drinking Chardonnay. What's not to love?! At twice the price, you would be in Santa Barbara but hey, we're in Chile.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/3/2018 | Send Email
Local hero and winemaker Rodrigo Soto is backed up by legendary winemaker Paul Hobbs. Together the two have access to some amazing vineyards. The grapes are organically grown and and harvested with minimal intervention allowing the fruit to come into the winery as naturally as possible. Fermentation is done using only native yeasts. The result is a sexy spiced apple aromatic that invites the taster into this best-buy Chardonnay. The wine has green apple and hazelnut notes with a hint of oak and vanilla. Really quite a pleasant glass of wine.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2018 | Send Email
Now this is a wine for California chardonnay lovers. There is nice richness and depth here with nice weight and a creamy texture. The body is not overwhelming though, with nice vibrancy to lift it up. There is a touch of oak, which is evident here, but that adds another great layer and envelops the fruit.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

Chile

- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine.