Wine Find: 2010 Falernia Pedro Ximenez Reserva

From: Elqui Valley, Chile

Price: $13

Serve with: Seafood, salads

Find it at: i.m. Wine, 8180 Maple Lawn Blvd, Fulton, and other local wine shops

Pedro Ximenez is a white wine grape varietal best known for its role in producing dessert wines in Spain's sherry region and in Australia. But this version from Chile shows it can also produce a compelling dry white table wine. The 2010 Falernia Pedro Ximenez Reserva shows a bright range of flavors: mint and other herbs, lime, grapefruit, pear and minerals. It's crisp and long-finishing and more complex than the price would suggest. Imported by Empson USA, it's one of the most complete white wines I've tasted from Chile.

--Michael Dresser

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