Gainey Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California

Price: $20.00 $17.99
Save $2.01 (10%)
Item No. 109842
  • WE88
Style: Rich & Creamy

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.9%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2000
  • WE90

Winemaker's Notes

Our new vintage of Chardonnay reflects the high quality of our 2009 fruit. Its fresh, lovely aromas are keyed on ripe yellow apple, lemon curd and honeyed white peach scents accompanied by hints of light buttercream, mineral, autolyzed yeast and spicy/toasty oak. On the medium-full palate, the wine offers rich, creamy, golden citrus, spiced apple and ripe peach flavors, with notes of pineapple, lime, mineral and toasted vanilla gracing the long, refreshing, lip-smacking finish. Beautifully structured, with succulent varietal flavors enlivened by perfectly balanced acidity, this delicious Chardonnay will make wonderful drinking over the next one to two years with a wide range of seafood, poultry and vegetarian entrees.

Critical Acclaim

"Gainey's basic Santa Rita Cardonnay is a fine wine, dry, crisp and minerally, this is a good price for it. It shows a nice melange of oak influences with peach, pear and pineapple fruit flavors."
88 Points

Learn About Gainey Map ItMap It

In 1962, Daniel C. and son Daniel J. Gainey purchased an 1,800 acre ranch on the eastern end of the Santa Ynez Valley. The Gainey Ranch, a combination of cattle, farming, and Arabian horse breeding, became the largest diversified ranching operation in the valley. Dan J. Gainey retired in 1984 to devote himself to fulfilling his dream of making wine. In 1983, he planted 51 acres of...

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Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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MSW31300091_2009

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