GIFFT by Kathie Lee Gifford Chardonnay 2012

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California

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Item No. 129990
  • white wine
  • WE88
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%.

Winemaker's Notes

I first came to love Chardonnay many years ago when I fell in love with French Burgundy. I was born in France so I think it is in my blood! I loved it so much that when Frank and I welcomed a dog into our home, we named our little bichon frise Chardonnay, along with her partner, Chablis. Over the years, though, my love affair with Chardonnay (the wine, not the dog) waned. I felt that the California version of this classic varietal too often veered into the over-oaked and over-seasoned territory. I want a wine that I can drink on its own or set down on the table and enjoy WITH food, not compete AGAINST food. So when I decided to partner with the Scheid family, our goal was to craft a wine with poise, one that allowed the true varietal character of the Chardonnay grape to shine. Gifft Chardonnay is that wine.
Kathie Lee Gifford

Our 2012 vintage of Gifft Chardonnay exhibits richness, depth and complexity, balanced by a lively acidity and an essential freshness. Featuring the gorgeous tropical fruit flavors that are the hallmark of Monterey Chardonnays, Gifft Chardonnay strikes the ideal balance between rich and refreshing.

Our 2012 Chardonnay is 100% estate grown and hails from the Scheid family's vineyards in Monterey County. The Monterey growing region is a slice of Chardonnay heaven, with evening coastal fogs that often linger until mid-morning the following day. This natural cooling effect causes a unique lengthening of the growing season, something that winemakers call "hang time". Increased hang time leads to more intense flavor development and an enhanced richness of the fruit.

Critical Acclaim

"Kathie Lee Gifford is just the latest celebrity to enter the winemaking game, but she made a solid partner in Scheid, one of the biggest vineyard owners in Monterey County. Their Gifft smells fresh and lively, with tangerine and sour grass aromas, followed by a sipping experience full of smoke, oak, lanolin and tan flavors, approaching leather and sandalwood. "
88 Points

Learn About GIFFT by Kathie Lee Gifford

GIFFT Wines is a partnership between Kathie Lee Gifford and Scheid Family Wines. The wines are 100% Estate Grown from Scheid's vineyards in Monterey County, California. Founded in 1972, Scheid Family Wines is a family-owned company with ten estate vineyards located along a 70-mile spread of the Salinas Valley. Kathie Lee Gifford is the co-host of the fourth hour of NBC's Today...

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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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