Wine Spots Monterey Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California

Price: $39.99
Item No. 108728
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: 13.5%

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%.

Winemaker's Notes

Wine Spots Monterey Chardonnay has crisp acidity and intense tropical fruit, hallmarks of Monterey. Clean toasty notes of sweet oak and vanilla lead to a lively finish. Barrel-fermented in small, French oak barrels and aged sur lie for 12 months.

Monterey, located along the central coast of California, benefits from the Pacific Ocean's morning fog and cool winds. The cool-climate marine influence creates one of the world's longest growing seasons, ideal for producing Chardonnay wines full of character and balanced acidity.

Food Pairings: Enjoy with chicken, pasta dishes with a cream sauce, salmon, seafood and mild cheeses.

Silver Medal - 2011 San Diego International Wine Competition

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Hello Vino - New York, NY (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(5/2/2011)
Style: Rich & Creamy
I'm usually not a big chardonnay fan, so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. Love the tropical fruit with hints of vanilla. Served this at a wine and cheese party. It was quite popular. Paired well with milder cheeses and light hors d'oeuvres.
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Rating:
(7/20/2011)
This was a much sharper wine than I was expecting - not a whole lot of butter or oak. It has the depth you expect in a Chardonnay but other than that, it's just your basic white.
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(7/12/2011)
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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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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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