Chardonnay gets a tough rap. It’s easily oaked, turning pure fruit flavors to sometimes overdone notes of butter or piecrust which can be tiresome to drink. But the grape does have a fresh, minerally side, especially when grown in cool climates such as those in the northern and coastal areas of Chile. A host of delicious Chardonnays, many in a bright, unadorned style, leads this group of excellent Chilean white wine values.
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