RouteStock Route 121 Carneros Chardonnay 2011
Chardonnay from Carneros, California
The 2011 RouteStock Chardonnay has an attractive pale straw color with delicate golden hues. The aroma is a cacophony of complex layers including tropical fruits, mango and yellow peach over delightful notes of butter, brioche and roasted nuts. The palate is rich and full with flavors of taffy and nuts and a soft, creamy, yet elegant finish.
The Wine Advocate - "Two excellent wines from winemaker Wayne Donaldson include the 2011 Chardonnay Route 121 (hence the Route 121 moniker)...Displaying a Chablis-like light yellow/gold color, it offers fresh lemon zest, honeysuckle, tangerine and wet rock-like notes with a slight floral undertone. Medium-weight, elegant, pure and well-balanced."
Tasting Panel - "Smooth, clean and fresh with bright white flowers and peach; soft minerals, good acid structure and nice length."
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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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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.