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Argentina is justifiably famous for malbec, but do yourself a favor and don't overlook its chardonnay! Bodega Chacra is located in the Río Negro Valley of northern Patagonia, 620 miles south of Buenos Aires, 1,240 miles north of Tierra del Fuego, and roughly equidistant west to east from the Andes Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The arid central Argentine desert is tempered by the converging Neuquen and Limay Rivers, both of which flow from the Andes and join up in the Río Negro en route to the Atlantic. The Río Negro Valley itself is a glacial bed 15.5 miles wide stretching 310 miles along the river's banks at an elevation of 750 feet above sea level, and is irrigated by a network of channels excavated in the late 1820s by British colonists who took advantage of the Andean snow melt to make an oasis in the desert. This incredibly dry climate and the natural barrier provided by the desert has resulted in an area free from the scourge of phylloxera and other vine diseases, while the pristine, pollution-free air allows for maximum sunlight. One of the most southerly regions in the world for wine production, Patagonia has seen tremendous vineyard growth since the early 2000s. Its drastic diurnal shifts caused by cold air sinking from the steep slopes of the Andes at night contrast with the hot summer days to produce grapes with ideal ripeness, aromatic intensity, and concentration. This chardonnay was aged in a combination of first-, second- and third-use French oak barrels without malolactic. It is bright, fresh and fruitful, lusciously round without overt vanilla or spice, with a distinct salinity and minerality from the calcareous components of the soil. Organically grown.