Country: Chile

Region: Casablanca Valley - I guess

Figuring out the region where the wine came from shouldn’t be hard, right? The label - actually the tacked on label to the left - says it’s a product of the Chile’s Casablanca Valley, yet the Casablanca Valley isn’t a recognized viticultural area. But there’s also no reference to it being a wine of Aconcagua or the Valparaiso region. So take it for what you will…

And given that the back label brags that drinking Conor Sur is now greener, despite an incredible heavy bottle (with all the resources and manufacturing that goes into such a heavy bottle), the labels are losing credibility. So I don’t know how much I believe the story that they’ve taken the best 20 barrels of each harvest and set it aside for its own reserve wine. They even provide a barrel number, but again, I don’t know how believable that is.

I never meant to slam this wine as much as I have; it was a gift from my boss when my wife and I held an open house in December — so yeah, extra reason to be nice…

Seriously, it was an awesome wine. I’ve come to appreciate unoaked chardonnays; the butteriness is off-putting generally, and it’s exceptionally easy to be overdone.

This one was not; it was subtle from the start, with that telltale chardonnay floweriness kicking in just before the finish. It was a wonderful drink from start to end, and I will be certain to find this on our next trip to the wine store. If there is a gripe, it was maybe for just a bit more adventure during the initial taste, though I say that realizing that chard isn’t as adventurous as a lot of other grapes out there.

I’ve had a white from Cono Sur before, at one of our old hangout spots. That was good — a sauvignon blanc, if I remember right — and I enjoyed that one. But this is one of the better chardonnays I can remember having.

Do-over: Without a doubt

Final grade: A