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Deovlet Zotovich Vineyard Chardonnay 2011

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Winemaker Notes

Stunning aromatics with remarkable purity and finesse, this wine has excellent depth and richness. Lifted by citrus fruit and layers of ripe stone fruit, along with spicy notes of ginger, white pepper, and anise all underlined by a kiss of tropical fruit shining through on the palate. Subtle French oak, roughly 25% new, offers toasted hazelnut and peanut skin. The sandy soils of this site, lying squarely in the middle of the appellation, volunteer an earthiness and briny sea shell, mineral driven finish to the wine.

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Slightly richer and more full on the nose, with perfectly ripe apple, citrus blossom, melon and spice, the 2011 Chardonnay Zotovich Family Vineyard is also seriously pure and defined, with crisp aromas and flavors, a firm, muscular frame and solid depth and richness. Not as acid-driven as the Solomon Hills Vineyard, it is a rich, beautifully done Chardonnay that will shine for 4-5 years or more.
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As links in a chain, we understand the importance of working together with premium sites and talented winegrowers. Fruit quality is essential to crafting memorable wines of elegance, balance, and harmony. At each vineyard site during each vintage, vines are carefully managed and yields are restricted in an effort to achieve the ultimate concentration of flavor. With respect to Mother Nature, harvest decisions are based intending to display the purest, most natural vineyard expression possible.

Throughout the winemaking process, to produce a seamless balance between grape variety and site, the wines are carefully handcrafted with minimal intervention. Bringing together passion, artistry, and intuition, we are always leaning on the history of this ageless craft and never forgetting ‘those who went before us and showed us the way.'

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The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley.

Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.

While the region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.

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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.

Tasting Notes for Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a dry, white wine. When Chardonnay grapes are planted on cool sites, the resulting wine's 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 Food Pairings for Chardonnay

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 Secrets for Chardonnay

Since the 1980s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy this lighter style.

GCWDEPZOTCH_2011 Item# 125272

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