Elsa Bianchi Chardonnay 2019
This young wine offers an attractive greenish color with intense aromas of green apple and a touch of tropical fruits. On the palate, it is very fresh, with a slight sweetness. It is a medium volume wine in tannins and structure.
Valentin Bianchi’s Chardonnay and Semillon grapes come from the Estate’s Dona Elsa Vineyards, which is situated in Rama Caida, San Rafael, Mendoza, at around 2500 feet above sea level. This is one of the coolest areas in San Rafael. Hand- picked and twice sorted by hand, the Chardonnay grapes are crushed and fermented over ten days at controlled temperatures of 59 degrees Fahrenheit in stainless steel tanks with medium- toasted French oak inner staves. After blending with the Semillon, the wine goes through one month’s aging in the bottle.
This is a great pairing with semi soft cheeses, rich grilled fish, creamy pastas and roasted vegetables.
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