Justin Chardonnay 2011
Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
Justin's 2011 Chardonnay is a perfect balance of styles. Crisp on the palate with peach and lemon citrus combined with just a touch of elegant French oak richness, it's never heavy or buttery, and is a refreshing match to most any dish.
Wine & Spirits - "This light and fragrant chardonnay smells like and orange grove and tastes like tart apple and quince. It finishes with a nutty tone, simple and clean, with the cut to match roast sea bass or other meaty fish."
Justin and Deborah Baldwin acquired their land in 1981 and planted 72 acres in vineyards that same year. Initially they were wine growers, selling to other wineries. Then, in 1987, they harvested their first grapes bottled under the Justin label. Justin Winery concentrates on two Bordeaux styled red wines: Isoscleles, which is a 100% estate blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc and Justification, a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Varietals are planted to specific soil types on their hillside vineyards 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean, on the Central Coast. View all Justin Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
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 FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
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.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review22.2 out of 5 stars
3 ratings, 3 with reviewsBIG T - Reston, VA112/26/2013
This wine has a nice flavor but too earthy a bouquet. I could not get past the smellThomas O - Charlevoix, MI39/5/2013
- Light & Crisp
Did not think it rated 90 ptsnikkileth - Oakland, CA37/30/2013This was actually surprising to me, lemon peel flavor but kind of nutty. Good price point.
- Light & Crisp