This golden chardonnay begins with a lemon vanilla nose, and vanilla can be overwhelming in a chardonnay — but it isn’t, in this case. There’s apparently plenty of oak, but it’s nicely integrated so it doesn’t make the wine too sweet either. A strain of lively acidity runs through the flavor, with a hint of chalkiness on the palate. This is a medium-bodied wine with a medium-length finish. Acidity dominates in the finish. In order to appreciate it fully, do not serve this wine ice cold. Should pair well with a variety of light main courses such as fish and chicken. Recommended. BSE

WHO: Matetic Vineyards
WHAT: Chardonnay
WHERE: D.O. San Antonio, Chile
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: around $24 (media sample)

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Becky Sue Epstein
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Becky Sue Epstein is Palate Press’s International Editor. An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, her work appears in many national publications including Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television.