Saintsbury Unfiltered Carneros Chardonnay 2012
Chardonnay from Carneros, California
The Saintsbury Unfiltered Carneros Chardonnay features a lush nose of white nectarine, peaches, jasmine and meyer lemon. There are notes of tangy kumquat, Rampur lime, stone fruit, and chamomile on the palate with vibrant acid and a long layered finish. Nice mineral notes all around.
Pairs well with grilled fish, roasted chicken or quiche.
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "This one is so inviting, the aromatic 2012 Saintsbury Carneros Chardonnay exhibits taught mineral and green apple in the aromas; on the palate, the wine plays between a crisp bite and a layered pillow-like texture; dry and gentle in the finish; savory at the end as it asks to be serve with fresh salmon, nori and no wasabi. This is tasty stuff. (Tasted: May 6, 2015, San Francisco, CA)"
Wine Spectator - "A bit raw and disjointed, with a tight core of vivid, citrus-laced green apple and spice. Ends cleansing."
Saintsbury specializes in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Chardonnay is fermented and aged in barrels coopered in Burgundy. Three styles of Pinot Noir are produced: "Garnet" is a fresh, lively wine full of cherry and raspberry fruit; the wine simply called Carneros Pinot Noir is a more classic rendition; and the Reserve Pinot Noir is the richest and most fully flavored of the vintage. View all Saintsbury Wines
About CarnerosView a map of Carneros wineries
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.
Notable FactsBoth 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.
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.
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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.