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2015 Ritual Chardonnay Casablanca, Chile

$24.99 $14.99

Regular Price $24.99

Bacchus Price $14.99

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Product Description

Bacchus’ choice this week is a nod to lovers of well made, well balanced Chardonnay.

 

The 2015 Ritual Chardonnay takes the best of both worlds – New World bright, opulent, fruity, with Old World, nervy minerality and substantial backbone, to combine into a fleshy, palate filling Chard worthy of a celebration.

 

Ritual is from Casablanca Valley, a fairly new, acclaimed Chilean wine region. This smallish region is influenced by the proximity to the ocean, which brings cool morning fog and greater cloud cover than is found elsewhere in the north of Chile. It is this cooler climate that makes Casablanca’s white wines stand out from their local rivals. With a longer ripening period, the white grapes have more time to develop greater flavor complexity, while maintaining sugars and acids in balance.

 

In our own taste test, we found the Ritual toe to toe with other expensive Chardonnays, and we noted that even at this price point, screw caps were used instead of cork. This is a good move, as screw caps maintain the vibrancy and freshness of white wine. When you open, you will get a garden of aromas in your face.

 

Ritual shows elegance with its apple, pear and nutty notes, framed by slightly oaky and vanilla spice. The finish is elongated and as we said, palate filing.

 

James Suckling gave it 93 points: “A bright and stony chardonnay with clarity and beauty. Full body, bright and tangy acidity with lime and green pineapple character. Vertical tension to this. Long and flavorful finish. Drink now.”

 

It has been reviewed by many critics, all of whom had praised this remarkable Chardonnay, even going so far as to call it the best wine (not just white, but all varietals) to come out of Chile. Somewhere in the background of Ritual lurks one of the greatest winemakers of this generation, Paul Hobbs. No wonder.

 

This is a very pleasant surprise for us – and we want to be sure you take some home.

 

2015 Ritual Chardonnay

regular price $24.99

On Sale $14.99

Best price in the New World