Panilonco Chardonnay and Viognier Wine Review

Panilonco Chardonnay Viognier Wine ReviewA Chilean White Wine Combination Plate (for under $4!)

PLEASE NOTE: I’m from Southern California, so I’m partial to Mexican (or at least the U.S.’s gringo version of it) and South American foods.

Who wants a plate of tacos when you can have a taco and tamale? Who wants a Chardonnay when you can have a Chardonnay/Viognier blend?

Chardonnay and Viognier blend so well together. Add in the under-$4 price and this wine is BEAST.

Why Colchagua Valley Is Key For A Cheap Wine Lover

Land of amazing mountain ranges, pork practically marinated by God, and hopefully-no-more-mining-accidents, Chile is one of the greatest wine countries on the planet. Chile is the region that is going to please your wine palate and wallet.

Chilean wine has become a superior product in the wine world. The quality of winemakers is amazing and the Chilean climate is tailor-made for quality wines.

Color

Think California-Chardonnay-gold-pee-pee-color and dilute with a touch of water. Alternately, Sauvignon Blanc with a touch of honey.

Nose

Dry. Stone fruit coming through along with their stones, meaning Dry, again. Did I say “dry” already?

Taste

Beach dry, not desert dry. This wine has a very pleasing dryness without having to issue a drought warning.

Peach, apricot, plum left out in the sun.

Mix of white and stone fruit made into a fruit roll up. It’s pretty intense, actually, for less than a tenner.

Structure is there but muddled a bit. I blame this on the fact that this is a blend. Still, solid from a fruit standpoint. The acid is not strong at all.

With Food

Simple Answer: Chilean food like Cazuela de Ave and Charquicán.

For the Gringos: This white wine is meant to ENHANCE rather than CUT food.

The low acid means that we are looking for this wine to add to dishes rather than provide disparity and combination. While it pairs with certain flavors, it won’t help you cut through your cream and butter sauces. This wine accompanies.

Look for this wine when you want to make the following dishes better:

  • Cream or white sauces
  • Posole
  • Shellfish (no red sauce)
  • Chicken or white fish dishes without color (Crock-Pots, poached, baked)

Final Rating

82/100

$3.99 @ Trader Joe’s

A killer value (as is often the case from TJ’s). Not the buttery Chardonnay you may be looking for. The Viognier takes this to a better level.

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