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Highway 12 Carneros Highway Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from Carneros, California
    13.5% ABV
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    13.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Tropical notes, bright citrus acidity, dried pineapple, soft oak nuances, 100% barrel and 100% malolactic fermentation -- these are all factors that contribute to a well-balanced wine that will develop with rich lushness over the coming year. This wine straddles the line between oaky and buttery Chardonnay, with a touch of minerality.

    Try it with olive oil poached halibut over apricot almond pilaf or tarragon chicken salad on buttery brioche.

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    Highway 12 Vineyards & Winery

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    Highway 12 Vineyards & Winery, Carneros, California
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    Highway 12 wines feature vineyards of the Highway 12 corridor through the Sonoma Valley and Carneros District. These appellations comprise their “neighborhood” and carry a special meaning for them. This is their home and their grower-partners are all friends who share pride in this region and still consider a handshake more binding than a contract.

    Carneros

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    Known for elegant wines that combine power and finesse, Carneros is set in the rolling hills that straddle the southernmost parts of both Sonoma and Napa counties. The cooling winds from the abutting San Pablo Bay, combined with lots of midday California sunshine, create an ideal environment for producing wines with a perfect balance of crisp acidity and well-ripened fruit.

    This cooler pocket of California lends itself to growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Carneros is an important source of sparkling wines made in the style of Champagne as well.

    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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