Clos Pegase Mitsukos Vineyard Chardonnay 2010
Chardonnay from Carneros, California
The 2010 Mitsuko's Vineyard Chardonnay possesses compelling aromas of intense ripe pear, Meyer lemon zest, peach nectar, white flowers, fennel pollen and beeswax, framed by subtly spicy toasty oak. An opulent yet focused entry foreshadows a mouthfilling mid-palate with broad textured supple fruit flavors, finishing with a fascinating balance of length, richness and minerality.
Wine Enthusiast - "Enormously ripe and rich - this is honeyed, with citrus and tropical fruit flavors. It;s creamy, too, with a butterscotch accent. The magic comes on the finish with a swirl of acidity and dry mineral. Decadent but never cloying, this defines the ripe California style."
Wine & Spirits - "A long, mostly cool growing season with plenty of moisture in the soil produced this fragrant Chardonnay. Its green apple fruit shows oak in savory earth tones rather than sweet toast; the oak accentuates the floral character of the wine, bringing acacia flowers to mind. It finishes bright and zesty, leaving the mouth refreshed. Serve it with grilled prawns."
Clos Pegase Winery
Completed in 1987, Clos Pegase was designed to be a temple to wine on a 47 acre Calistoga vineyard. The winery has a total of 450 acres, mostly located in Carneros. The Clos Pegase label features Pegasus, painted circa 1890 by the French artist Redon. This painting is winery owner Jan Shrem's favorite work of art from his extensive private collection. View all Clos Pegase Wines
About CarnerosView a map of Carneros wineries
Technically a part of Napa Valley, the Carneros region straddles both Sonoma & Napa counties. It's the Napa region closest to the San Francisco peninsula and the San Pablo Bay, which is instrumental in controlling the climate of the area. The winds from the San Pablo bay create a cool weather pattern ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Notable FactsBoth Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Carneros are delicate, yet complex, with firm structure and acidity. And while the pair are the most popular varieties of the region, some winemakers have branched out, particularly with Syrah. The cool climate Syrah of Carneros is well structured and stylistically similar to Syrah from the Northern Rhone, though often fuller-bodied.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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2 ratings, 2 with reviewsRobert S. - Davis, CA46/26/2013
Oaky, somewhat buttery initial aromas that quickly give way to apple and pear components. Smooth fruity flavors (mostly apple and pear) with some vanilla oak in the background. A hint of butterscotch emerges in the aromas and flavors as the wine warms from refrigerator temperature on the first day. On the second day, aromas show a bit of a citrus component in addition to apple and pear components; otherwise, very similar to the first day. A Chardonnay that can be served well chilled. Surprisingly consistent in aromas and flavors from refrigerator temperature to cellar temperature. Medium bodied with a crisp, slightly tart, and somewhat oaky finish. A good food wine as well as a good wine for sipping by itself.Ron Blachman - Berkeley, CA49/23/2014Wine.com did not allow my completely reasonable review text.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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