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Celebrating Chardonnay Day 2015


Photo, Edgar Solis

Is there a more talk about white wine in America than Chardonnay?

Chardonnay is the number one selling varietal wine in the U.S. This wine gets controversial due to its many incarnations. Truly, Chardonnay can be anything, from a fruit forward stainless steel fermented wine to a more robust buttery and full of wood flavor oak fermented wine. Everyone has its favorite in the wide spectrum of styles of Chardonnay. Since the late 1990’s American winemakers moved to a more restrain oak regiment in the production of Chardonnay in United States.

Many winemakers want show the diverse aromas and fruit flavors on Chardonnay while introducing different levels of complexity by a balanced oak regiment. Oak tank fermenters and a combination of new and used oak barrels for aging versus 100% stainless steel fermentation and aging. Non-malolactic, partial malolactic or zero malolactic fermentation. It is all great in good USA, we do not follow rules in our winemaking process. Experimentation creates diversity that finally please many palates with their favorite Chardonnay.

New World Chardonnay is a wine that you will like to drink no more than five years from vintage. In honor of Chardonnay, we are sharing three wines from the 2011 vintage from different wine regions that are doing great.

  • 2011 Ceja Vineyards Napa Valley-Carneros Chardonnay: An Intense bouquet of green apple, fresh pears, vanilla and hints of citrus blossom. On the palate, you feel a creamy texture with pleasant acidity. Enjoy flavors of Granny Smith apples, ripe pears and pineapple; followed by caramel and hints of fresh mint. A delicious well balanced Chardonnay with complex aromas and flavors. Enjoy this wine with popcorn, pan seared halibut over creamy mash potatoes and pork chops with roasted apples. Current vintage price, $36.
  • 2011 La Rochelle, Dutton Ranch-Morelli Lane, Russian River, Sonoma County Chardonnay: Well structured white wine. Soft aromas of golden delicious apple, pineapple with hints of Meyer lemon and cinnamon stick. On the palate, this Chardonnay feels crisp with nice acidity and creme brûlée texture. Savor flavors or ripe pear, green apple, vanilla and a hint of creme fresh. A wine with lush aromas and flavors that will pair well with creamy cheeses, pasta with a creamy sauce and fried plantains and ground bison pie. Suggested retail price, $65.
  • 2011 Harry & David Vineyards Rogue Valley, Oregon Chardonnay: Gentle aromas of honeydew, green apple and notes of pineapple and vanilla. On the palate, this wine has a creamy texture with low acidity and flavors of ripe green apple, kiwi and hints of citrus and vanilla. Enjoy this wine with seafood, chicken pasta with white sauce and pork loin with mushroom sauce. Suggested retail price, $16.