Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California

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Item No. 116954
  • WE89
Style: Fruity & Smooth

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%.
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Winemaker's Notes

This wine exhibits classic varietal characteristics with aromas of ripe pineapple, fresh Gala apples, pear and candied lemon. The palate has a weight that belies its unoaked status with a rich entry of fresh citrus fruit that leads into secondary aromas of fig and mineral. Finishing clean and crisp with lingering acidity, the wine is fresh and vivacious, with a dense mid-palate. This vintage proves that with the right grapes and winemaking, Chardonnay does not need oak or malolactic fermentation to shine.

Critical Acclaim

"The lime, kiwi, orange and lemon fruit flavors are so delicious, you won't miss the oak accents at all. Its bright, vital acidity makes it shine like polished silver. This is a very good food wine at a reasonable price.
Editors' Choice"
89 Points

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susan little - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(8/17/2012)
Style: Fruity & Smooth
Lovely Charonnay. Bright, clean fun. Good Value. Will buy again.
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Rating:
(10/2/2012)
Style: Light & Crisp
We ordered a bottle of this wine to try and really enjoyed it. It is an unoaked Chardonnay, so it is light, refreshing and the natural fruit qualities of Chardonnay shine through. Lot's of pear and green apple balanced with good acidity. A good finish, but with a hint of bitterness which I believe will mellow out with a little time in the bottle. We purchased 6 more to cellar until next summer when it should be a perfect summer white. Great Value!
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jaswanth reddy - Washington, DC (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(2/1/2013)
Style: Light & Fruity
Pair with: Pasta > White Sauce/Seafood
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Learn About Chamisal Vineyards Map ItMap It

The first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley appellation in 1973, Chamisal nestles five miles inland against the Santa Lucia Mountains, half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, on the rugged California Coast. Part of an original Spanish land grant, this historic 80-acre property- formerly operating under the name of Domaine Alfred- is planted mostly to Pinot Noir and...

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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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