Lot 216 2009 Carneros Chardonnay

Lot 216
2009 Carneros Sonoma County Chardonnay

A marvelous bouquet of ripe white peach, golden nectarine, and white flower.

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Pale golden color with great clarity. Presenting a marvelous bouquet of ripe white peach, golden nectarine, and white flower, this wine is rich with smoky oak and peachy character. It's crisp and quenching with energizing acidity, offering tiers of jovial fruit. Above the merriment of this wine is serious juice, offering a great palate. Drink this now, and enjoy through the spring and summertime.

Style: Light, Crisp

Flavors: Nectarine, Oak, Peach

Cam Confidential

Blended out with Pinot Blanc, Riesling and a bit of Moscato this wine is what we called an “Alsacian Blend”. Given that Chardonnay is not a major part of Alsacian winemaking we realize it’s a fanciful endeavor but the name is meant to evoke more the style of the region, a style, I think, those of you who enjoy less wooded wines with brighter acidity will enjoy. Now, that’s not to say this wine didn’t see oak. The base wine for this blend saw about 25% new French oak including barrel fermentation but no malolactic fermentation so, instead of being buttery and rich, its peachy and fresh. Blend in the aforementioned varietals to the tune of about 15% and the resulting wine is a complete departure from traditional Chardonnay. Zippy and bright with a rich midpalate of fresh peach fruit this wine will make a fantastic spring aperitif wine and a welcome partner to Asian cuisine, fruit salads, picnics, and poolside.