Wine Review: Puerto Viejo Chardonnay 2009

Pureto Viejo ChardonnayI’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: Chilean wines are probably the best value-play wines on the market. They simply can’t be beat. From a straight-up QPR (quality-to-price) standpoint, I challenge anyone to find me a better value with the same substance. The only thing that might come close is New Zealand since they have begun producing better whites other than Sauvignon Blanc, and some damn fine Pinots.

We previously reviewed the Puerto Viejo Sauvignon Blanc, and their Chardonnay offering is just as awesome. Let’s rock:


Beautiful, perfect gold. Just the right hue you are looking for to make your mouth water for that rich, juicy, somewhat-dry Chardonnay flavor.


Stiff lemon and green apple. You can actually smell the acid on this wine. For those of you who follow the site, you’ll remember that I love white wines with good acid, no matter what the varietal. I’ll have a review soon of a white varietal that had a strong acid nose, but ended up being absolutely acid-free, which is like smelling bacon as you wake up in the morning, but once you’re downstairs you find out it’s turkey bacon. Fail.


Great acid kick from the start. Now because I’m mentioning that first does not mean that the wine is too acidic. Far from it. The wine is structured. “Built like a brick shithouse” as my wife would say. You’ve got a textbook construction of flavors here, but each one is solid, rounded and pronounced just enough. Nothing wrong with following convention if you are confident that what you produce is good enough to make people think only in the moment, and not what came before. This wine is a classic. Great stone, apricot, some juicy green apple and even some white raspberry. There is something deliciously sour in the finish that you worry about for a moment, but then it’s gone, leaving you with an almond-satisfaction that puts a smile on your face.

With Food

As usual, shellfish, chicken, creamy pastas and CHEESE. Definitely a cheese wine. I should have said that first but I’m too lazy to go back and change it. Brie, camembert, even goat. Go crazy.

Where to Buy

$9.98 at!

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2 Responses to “Wine Review: Puerto Viejo Chardonnay 2009”

  1. The first paragraph is absolutely, 100% spot on.

    Really enjoy the blog, keep it up.

  2. Wine Welfare Says:
    August 3, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks, ValueWineGuy!

    Feels odd calling you that instead of your name. 🙂 Thanks for reading and hope you continue too. I’m keeping an eye on your tweets!


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