2014 Sabino Chardonnay

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We ferment our Sabino Chardonnay in a mixture of French oak and an egg-shaped concrete tank. Because we let it ferment naturally, it takes a long time to finish fermentation. We also bottle it later than most Chilean Chardonnay producers. By waiting, we let the vineyard, soil, and grape speak more clearly. 

Sabino tastes like Chardonnay in its more citrusy, flinty, stony form. Like many Chilean wines, it has a hint of smokiness and savoriness that adds interest. In addition to the concrete, some of the wine is aged in used French oak barrels as well as a touch of new oak, which lends a bit of toastiness. Subtle, by New World standards.  Read more in Byron's tasting notes ››

Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Chardonnay
Vineyard Designation
Kingston Family Vineyards
Aging
10 months in French Oak Barrels and Concrete Egg Containers
Alcohol %
13.5
Ratings
**(91 Points)** *Descorchados* **(90 Points)** Pale gold. Incisive, mineral-tinged aromas of citrus zest and pear develop a deeper melon flourish with air. Pliant, focused and dry, showing very good intensity to the juicy honeydew, orange and bitter quinine flavors. Finishes minerally and persistent, with a sneaky anise note building slowly. -*Vinous*
2014 Sabino Chardonnay