Lincourt Steel Chardonnay 2011
Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.9%
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%.
When we produced our first steel Chardonnay, we had no idea it would eventually become one of our most popular wines. From day one, the secret to our success has been the high quality of fruit from our estate Rancho Santa Rosa and Rancho Las Hermanas vineyards. This 2011 is both lively and concentrated, a rare vinous feat. The aromatics combine kiwi, mandarin zest and honeycomb. The palate is crisp and minerally with notes of lemons and green apples.
As with its predecessors, this Stainless Steel Chardonnay is perfect as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to grilled chicken or fresh fish.
"This is cool, intense, acid-driven chardonnay.
Unimpeded by oak or malolactic fermentation, the
fruit has the tangy cut of a pineapple on the edge of
ripeness, while still holding plenty of concentration
thanks to the notably long hangtime of 2011. The
saline minerality of Lincourt’s two wind-battered
Santa Rita Hills vineyards is on full display, and it’s
also a steal – an honest, terroir-driven wine for under
$20. Buy a case and drink it over the next several years
Wine & Spirits
Light & Crisp
Wonderful non--oaked Chardonay
I received the 2010 as a vintage substition in place of the 2011 I ordered. The 2010 is not labelled Steel, but simply Unoaked. I guess I can't complain about the vintage substitution, because I purchased at a priced below which one cannot refuse a vintage substitution. However, one doesn't expect to receive an earlier vintage (2010) as a substitution for a later vintage (2011), especially with a white wine since the earlier vintage of an early drinking white might already be over the hill. Indeed, the 2010 was almost over the hill, so be careful ordering this wine if it is price below the vintage substitution price. The 2010 was mediocre--probably past its drinking window.
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Founded in 1996 by Bill Foley, Lincourt is a producer of ultra premium wines from the Santa Barbara County. Named in honor of Bill and Carol"s two daughters, Lindsay and Courtney, the Lincourt winery is located in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, on Alamo Pintado Road in the Santa Ynez Valley. Originally a dairy farm, the 30 acre property retains the rural charm and...
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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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White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
soils and different climates. While frequently paired with
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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