Dearest Late Harvest Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2010
Other Dessert from Carneros, California
Brilliant golden topaz color. Enticing nose of butterscotch, fig, mango, ginger and candied apple. Sweet start with candied pineapple and caramel apple flavors and balanced acidity that refreshes the decadent candied fruit on the palate. Apple, butterscotch and mango flavors dominate this luscious dessert wine. Dearest's finish goes on and on. Enjoy on its own or with Roquefort, stilton or gorgonzola cheeses, dark or white chocolate, crème brulee, as well as fruit pies, tarts, and soufflés. Dearest is the perfect pairing partner for holiday meals. Best served at cellar temperature.
Outlier Wine Co. produces a wide-ranging roster of distinctive wines, from proprietary red and white blends - Lucky and White Wedding - to varietal bottlings. Lucky and White Wedding have consistently been among the most popular boutique red and white wines on Wine.com. Other wines produced by Outlier Wine Co. include Carefree, Character, Chardonnais, Chez Blanc, Commitment, Dearest, Formidable, Funkytown, High Stakes, Midnight Oil, Noiro, Outlier, Ramblin’ Man, Red 7, Sachem, Summercloud, and Sunlight. Derek Rohlffs is Outlier Wine Co.'s Proprietor & Winemaker and the winery is located on Treasure Island, in the middle of San Francisco Bay.
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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.
Both 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.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country unto 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.
11 ratings, 7 with reviews
This is a great chardonnay dessert wine. Very fruity with a nice golden/brown color. We enjoyed it very much.
As a late harvest chardonnay it is sweeter than most and therein lies its attraction for certain pairings. When appropriate, you might want to serve it as an after dinner wine. A wonderful VALUE at the price!
Dearest is the perfect ending to a delicious meal. It's dessert in a glass or is perfectly paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a piece of apple pie. Yummy!
I ordered this wine to try after reading the excellent reviews. We were very disappointed. After a couple of well thought out sips, I gave it to my hubby to try. We both agreed that the flavor was bitter and harsh. Perhaps we received a bad batch of wine, but we will not order it again.
"Dearest" is the perfectly balanced rainbow of flavors. Delish!
Delicious! Dearest Late Harvest Carneros Chardonnay - 2010 - 93/100 Pts - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vx4eCgnF1c&feature=youtu.be
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
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.