Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard Acero Chardonnay 2010
Chardonnay from Russian River, California
This bottling of Acero continues along the lines of its predecessor, with bright fruit in the nose reminiscent of Asian pear and fresh apples. It is crisp and vibrant in the mid palate, with great balance, full flavors and a dry, long finish. It is easy to drink and perfect with foods like tapas and light dishes.
Wine Enthusiast - "It’s unbelievable that this Chardonnay is unoaked, it’s so incredibly rich and creamy. Just packed with layers of tropical fruits, peaches, Asian pears and oatmeal cookies. All that butter and cream must be from the malolactic fermentation and aging on the lees. One of the best unoaked Chardonnays ever."
Marimar Estate Winery
Built in 1992 with a capacity of 15,000 cases, the winery sits on a hill surrounded by vines. The production wing is outfitted with carefully selected equipment, to allow the careful control essential to producing a wine based on minimal handling. Its three barrel rooms with independent temperature and humidity controls provide flexibility to experiment with various vinification techniques, in order to best express the fruit's character. The Marimar Torres Estate wines appeal to the small segment of consumers who enjoy having the finest.We pride ourselves in producing food-friendly wines. View all Marimar Estate Wines
About Russian RiverView a map of Russian River wineries
The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to Christmas trees.
Notable FactsThe proximity of this cool river and the rolling fogs from the Pacific Ocean make the area amenable to cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In fact, the region is quite known for its full-bodied, yet elegant Pinot Noir, as well as their ripe, yet lean Chardonnays. Within Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. Chalk Hill is the warmer of the two and furthest from the ocean, while Green Valley is cooler and closer to the water.
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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4 ratings, 4 with reviewsRobert S. - Davis, CA43/13/2013
Apple and pear aromas with some tropical fruit components in the background. Pear, peach, and apple flavors with a light touch of creaminess. A lovely wine that does not need any oak to provide complexity. Second day similar to the first. Medium body, nicely balanced, modest but nice finish. Who needs oak with a Chardonnay this good?410/3/2012
- Fruity & Smooth
Had a very complex taste one you need to drink slowly to appreciate, it was a little smooth and creamy but not too much, could tast the light fruit but again also not too much. Finsihes well and a bottle that would pair well with quite a bit as it hard to categorize but overall very good.58/16/2012
- Fruity & Smooth
Sits well on the palate with a very good finishing taste.WildeWine - Brooklyn, NY47/31/2012As noted, there's definitely no oak. This crisp chardonnay has ripen fruit and bright acidity. I don't taste as much creaminess described by the wine critic. Paired nicely with spinach stuffed chicken breast.Related ProductsIn the classic style of Acero, this bottling displays lively bright fruit, fresh and vibrant, with lemon zest and floral ...
- Rich & Creamy
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.
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