Last Friday at the Entaste’s office in Buenos Aires we had our weekly tasting. This time the idea was to taste how different white varietals expresses themselves with some oak contact.
This was not a typical Viognier, at least not one from Mendoza. Pretty intense in the nose with marked oaky reminiscent aromas, even some Bourbon nose at some moments with dried flowers. In the mouth it had a medium acidity, almost low for the intensity of the wine, which made it a bit heavy. This is definitely a wine to be enjoyed along some special dish, not a pre-dinner aperitif.
We continued our tasting with this Sauvignon Blanc made in a Californian style. The nose was pretty much varietal with citrics and white fruits along with buttery aromas from the oak aging. In the mouth it was clearly a rounder wine, where the malolactic fermentation was very noticeable. A well-balanced wine that may go with some less complex dish, but also as a glass by itself.
At last we tried the Queen of Whites, Chardonnay, which is worldwide known as the white grape with the best relationship with oak aging. This was pretty traditional in the nose, ripe pears and red apples with buttery and vanilla. In the mouth it had a medium acidity, medium-bodied and we had the same aromas found in the nose back on the palate. An oaky, Californian style Chardonnay, not an everyday wine, but interesting for special occasions.