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CRU Montage Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
    14.1% ABV
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    14.1% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    On the nose this wine offers tropical notes, hints of spearmint, white peach, and lychee. On the palate: ripened white peach, green apple, mango, and melon with a hint of minerality on the finish.

    Critical Acclaim

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    CRU, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    Handcrafted artisanal California wines with sustainable values. CRU Wine Company began as a dream shared by long-time friends Richard Spencer and Michael Conway. Their mutual interest in the fine wines produced by California’s best vineyards enticed them into winemaking; thus CRU Wine Company was born. The CRU label is exclusively comprised of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. These varietals are sourced from some of the finest family-owned and operated vineyards on California’s Central Coast. CRU selects grapes from vineyards that are SIP (Sustainability in Practice) certified and from owners who care about the well-being of people and the planet. The expertly grown fruit consistently delivers exceptional and balanced flavors.

    Monterey

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    A geographic and climatic anomaly among wine regions, Monterey is a part of the expansive Central Coast AVA and contains five smaller sub-appellations, including the popular Santa Lucia Highlands. Rainfall is extremely low, necessitating the use of irrigation from the Salinas River for successful grape-growing, while harsh Pacific winds and coastal fogs drastically cool and dampen the region in the north.

    In the cooler districts of Monterey, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling produce wines with a crowd-pleasing combination of ripe, juicy fruit and crisp acidity. Warmer subzones are home to fleshy, fruit-forward Bordeaux Blends comprised primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

    Chardonnay

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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’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

    In the Glass

    When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

    Perfect Pairings

    Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

    Sommelier Secret

    Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

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