GOOD Wine in H-Town @ <$10 Part III

Hello again value hunters: 

Now we come to phase III of this multi-part series, a series I launched into with all the gusto my Grandfather carried to the pulpit every Sunday morning for his weekly sermons on faith and salvation.  Grandfather was a preacher, a real fire and brimstone kind of man, living his spiritual life on the Pentecostal side of the Good Book.  He instilled in me a kind of passion; a passion that often spills through in my writings on subjects of the vine.  A passion that may at times, as did his preaching, confound readers as to the precise direction of the prose.

The goal of this series, dear readers, if I may regurgitate, is singular in its direction: to bring to my readers (clients if you will) wines that currently reside not only in my place of business as items for sale, but also in my family’s home as daily drinking wines.  As Sally once said, “I like these, I really like these…”  Or something to that effect.  And I sincerely believe that you too will find these bargains, well, likable….

Today, I bring to you the White Wine Buy of the Quarter.  A wine that is just so darn quaffable that practically every work-day, by about 5:30 or so, I find myself reaching into the ‘fridge behind me for another taste.  This is one of those inexpensive South American Chardonnays that stands head and shoulders above the ocean of plonk that cascade across thoughtless shelves we encounter daily as we make our way through to the dairy aisle.  So delicious in fact is this un-oaked Chardonnay that bottles of it have invaded the top shelf of my own refrigerator at home.  The “Big Game” will see many bottles of this one tossed back, for sure!

Just a bit of back-ground tells us that this is the second label from a highly regarded and oft-high scoring property in South America: Estampa.  Located in the Colchagua Valley region, Estampa sources their second label grapes from vineyards planted alongside a mountain range where subsoils are granitic with clay loam as well.  This sub-soil, plus a consistent lack of rainfall during crucial harvesting months, offers optimal conditions for producing surprisingly high-quality varietals at fantastic price points.  With attention to harvesting reasonably low yields, Estampa consistently offers consumers some terrific bang for the buck!


2007 Estacion Chardonnay
Estacion / Estampa
Chardonnay Dry White Table Wine
Colchagua Valley, Chile, South America

Review by Cepage Noir
E*Newsletter Winter 2009
Rating: 87 points
“A Very Good wine of excellent character that often belies its price point.”
Drink: 2009 – 2011

        “Pale straw yellow in color; clarity right to the rim indicates some drinking years ahead for this charmer.  Aromatic notes of fresh pineapple, ripe yellow banana, white peach and fresh flowers sing from the glass and are never encumbered by oak in any way.  The flavors too are terrifically fresh, bright, zesty and brightened by nuances of the freshest fruits of that white peach and hints of pineapple from the aromatics.  This is medium bodied, slightly plump in the middle and totally fresh and almost Macon-like with just a hint of minerality on the zesty, palate pleasing finish.  What a delicious mouth-full of wine.”
                — Cepage Noir