Deovlet Solomon Hills Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
Focused, bright, and lively, with chalky texture and minerality this wine is beautifully balanced wrapped in a medium bodied frame. Layers of lemon zest and citrus blossom, with golden delicious apple, and pear are complimented by hazelnut, baked brioche, and spice. Hints of graham cracker, vanilla, and coconut offer well integrated characteristics from French oak, roughly 20% new.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "A wonderfully focused, saline-infused wine, the 2011 Chardonnay Solomon Hills Vineyard is another fabulous effort from Ryan Deovlet. There is so much to like in the 2011, from the beautifully delineated aromatics to the vibrant fruit and the wine's fabulous overall balance. Hints of lemon and pastry add complexity on the saline finish."
The Wine Advocate - "A classy, elegant white that delivers loads of mineral-tinged white peach, citrus rind and white flowers on the nose, the 2011 Chardonnay Solomon Hills Vineyard is medium-bodied, racy and pure, with a detailed, focused finish. There’s cool climate feel here on the nose and in the acid profile, yet it has a soft mid-palate and a clean texture, leading me to believe it’s best consumed early in its life. Nevertheless, it’s beautifully done and deserves a classy meal."
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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 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.
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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.