Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2010 Front Label

Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2010

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Winemaker Notes

There are aromas of apple, pear, slight pineapple, citrus and spun sugar. In the glass the flavors of apple, pear, citrus, cotton candy are balanced by a touch of slight oak on the finish. This wine is spicy, yet fruity with crisp mouth feel and a long aftertaste.

The bright acidity cuts thru rich dishes of scallop, lobster or pasta with cream sauces. Yet, that same acidity complements any citrus based sauce like a lemon browned butter sauce over pan roasted chicken.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Chardonnay Estate is a very pretty wine, not to mention an outstanding value in California Chardonnay. Lemon, vanilla, white flowers and green pears are some of the notes that flow from this zesty, vibrant Chardonnay. The estate’s Chardonnay is aged 70% in steel and 30% in French oak. A dollop of Viognier adds aromatic complexity. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2014.
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Alexander Valley Vineyards

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Alexander Valley Vineyards, California
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Alexander Valley Vineyards is owned and operated by the Harry Wetzel family. Founded in 1975, it is located on Cyrus Alexander's old homestead.

The Wetzel Family Estate now grows fourteen grape varieties, on diverse sites stretching from the banks of the Russian River up onto the hillsides. Each grape variety is matched to a specific soil type and exposure. Vineyard Manager Mark Houser and Winemaker Kevin Hall work as a team to maximize fruit flavor in the vineyard and to create balanced wines that capture the grapes’ varietal characteristics. Hank Wetzel oversees the vineyard and winery operations, and his wife Linda continues to oversee administration. Now the third generation of Wetzels has joined the winery. Harry Wetzel, IV is assistant winemaker while younger brother Robert is the National Sales Manager.

Alexander Valley Vineyards produces 100,000 cases annually, 17 varietal wines and proprietary blends. Seventy-five percent of AVV’s production is red wine. Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon constitute roughly half of total production. Other varietals include Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Gewurztraminer, Syrah, Sangiovese, Viognier, and Cabernet Franc.

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Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa Valley, the region only produces about half the amount of wine but boasts both tremendous quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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