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WHAT: Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2008 (white) Rating: NNN

WHERE: Casablanca Valley, Chile

WHY: When it comes to discussing wine, rarely does anyone mention yeast. Mind you, nobody’s ever come down with a French oak infection, so perhaps that omission is understandable. But when fermentation is prompted by wild, naturally occurring yeast, then it’s time to break the silence. If I were going to pinpoint the wild yeast’s presence here, it’s in the bouquet, with its hint of nuttiness. Otherwise, this is a textbook punchy, bright, lemony Chilean Chardonnay. Bring on the white pizza.

PRICE: 750 ml/$16.95

AVAILABILITY: At most Vintages outlets (product #738393)

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