Orin Swift Mannequin Chardonnay 2017
The nose opens with rich aromatics of Meyer lemon, honeydew, butterscotch and honeysuckle, with accents of jasmine, white pepper and fennel pollen. A massive palate consists of ripe white peach and a bold Werther’s Original entry and a layered mid- palate of nectarines, pineapple and honey. A touch of green apple and wet stone culminate in a concise crème brulee finish.
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White Oak Chardonnay 2016, Russian River$25.00
Golden delicious apple, Anjou pear and subtle toasty oak notes form the basis of this impeccably balanced Chardonnay. The tropical fruit flavors and the weight of this wine along with a silky texture combine to create an exceptionally long finish. 100% Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley.
Schug Chardonnay 2018, Sonoma Coast, California, USA$34.00
Schug crafted this Chardonnay from select vineyards located in the Sonoma Coast appellation, including the microclimates of western Carneros, southern Sonoma Valley and the Petaluma Gap. Produced in a lively, crisp style that emphasizes varietal character without the use of new oak, it has a spicy citrus bouquet that leads to juicy flavors of white peach and nectarine, followed by a sleek, juicy finish. Try it as an elegant aperitif paired with hors d’oeuvres, or with lighter dishes such as soups, salads, seafood and pasta dishes.
Steven Kent Merrillie Chardonnay 2016, Mission Ranch, Arroyo Seco$35.00
The Mirassou family – the oldest winemaking family in the United States – have been pioneers in a number of important ways. One of the most relevant in terms of this new Chardonnay release is that they were the first family to plant vineyards in modern-day Monterey County in 1961. Aged on the lees for about 10 months and barrel-fermented in about 50% new French oak, three sub-lots of Chardonnay were blended and bottled without filtration or fining. Each sub-lot (of roughly equal size) was fermented with a different yeast regimen. For one portion we did “native” fermentation (letting the ambient yeast environment ferment the must) while the other lots were fermented with one of our favored cultured
yeasts: CY-3079 and QA23. Each lot was wonderfully individualistic, differing in flavor, aroma, and texture. Together, they created a wine of finesse and elegance; mouth-filling richness underscored by precise, length-producing acidity.