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Clos LaChance Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2005

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    "On the nose, I get strong aromas of sweet scented pear, ripe red and golden delicious apple. There is a hint of tropical fruit with a touch of spice....hazelnut, cinnamon and graham. A faint aroma of apple blossom along with a touch of wet granite or stones. The rich flavors of ripe peaches dominates the mouth, along with a hint of juicy pear and tropical fruits that linger from the mid-palate. The finish is smooth, with traces of nutmeg and vanilla."
    -Stephen Tebb, Winemaker

    Food pairing: Seared scallops with a lemon-beurre sauce, dungeness crab with garlic and butter, pesto chicken and sautéed asparagus.

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    Clos LaChance

    Clos LaChance

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    Clos LaChance, , California
    Clos LaChance
    Clos LaChance is a small, family-owned winery, located in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains. We produce limited quantities of hand-made wines from local vineyards and other premium appellations throughout Northern California. The name Clos LaChance is derived from the French word "clos" for the fenced area around a vineyard (in this case the owners' home vineyard), and from co-owner Brenda Murphy's maiden name, LaChance.

    The Clos LaChance trademark - a hummingbird among the grapevines - is the primary feature on our label. The hummingbird was chosen not only for its grace and style, but also for its strength. The hummingbird is a welcome addition into vineyards for its "energetic" efforts in keeping other birds away.

    Napa Valley

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    One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production and tourism, the Napa Valley is the AVA that brought worldwide recognition to California winemaking. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

    Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two are St.-Helena and the valley's newest AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap District, and Mt. Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

    Bordeaux Blends

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    One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

    In the Glass

    Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

    Perfect Pairings

    Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

    Sommelier Secret

    While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

    RGL010311_2005 Item# 90827

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