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deLorimier Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2012

Chardonnay from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    13.8% ABV
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    13.8% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Perfumey aromatics of lemon, lime and pineapple are laced with seductive honeysuckle and traces of oak. The opulent, creamy texture offers luxurious flavors of butterscotch and caramel with just the right amount of citrus, tropical fruit and oak notes to balance the velvety mouthfeel. A hint of spice appears toward the finish as the wine broadens on the palate and lingers.

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    Alexander Valley is often referred to as "California Bordeaux," as the local landscape is itself a genuine mosaic of soil types and microclimates. Some of the finest grapes in the world are grown here making this a winemaker's dream location for producing world-class wines. So when Ken and Diane Wilson discovered this property, they knew at once this would be their new Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay showcase. deLorimier wines are known more for the character of the estate than for the varietal content.

    Founded in 1986 by Al deLorimier the winery and vineyard were well thought out and beautifully planted and developed into the Estate it is today. Focusing on blending, our production facility is set up for the blending and aging of many small lots. Diane Wilson and Antoine Favero combine their talents to produce the award winning artisan wines at deLorimier.

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    Alexander Valley

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    Nearly a northern extension of Napa Valley, Alexander Valley starts just north of the small, Knights Valley, and is just a few minutes drive from the Napa town of Calistoga. It is Sonoma County’s hottest AVA. But the Russian River, which runs through the valley, creates cooler pockets and its soft, alluvial soil is ideal for grape growing, especially Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, some believe that Alexander Valley Cabernets truly rival the best from Napa Valley and many of the heavy-hitter producers have largely invested here.

    In addition to Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes up over 50% of plantings, Merlot and old vine Zinfandel thrive here. Ample, fleshy Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominate white wine production. Some old-vine plantings of Grenache have also been discovered and more recent experiments with Sangiovese and Barbera show great promise.

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    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 is grown and how it is made. While practically every country in the wine producing world grows it, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. As far as cellar potential, white Burgundy rivals the world’s other age-worthy whites like Riesling or botrytized Semillon. California is Chardonnay’s second most important home, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia and South America are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

    In the Glass

    When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay flavors tend towards grapefruit, lemon zest, green apple, celery leaf and wet flint, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of melon, peach and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut and spice, while malolactic fermentation imparts a soft and creamy texture.

    Perfect Pairings

    Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with flaky white fish with herbs, scallops, turkey breast and soft cheeses. Richer Chardonnays marry well with lobster, crab, salmon, roasted chicken and creamy 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. In Burgundy, the subregion of Chablis, while typically employing the use of older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy its lighter style.

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