Il Cuore The Heart Chardonnay 2016
Il Cuore Chardonnay is produced from grapes grown in cool coastal valleys of Mendocino County. "More fruit – less oak" winemaking style offers crisp wine versatility with a wide range of foods. Graceful fresh flavors of crisp apple, ripe pear and spice make Il Cuore Chardonnay enjoyable with fish, shellfish, chicken, light pasta, risotto and vegetarian dishes.
A large and diverse appellation within California’s North Coast AVA, Mendocino is home to several smaller sub-regions—most notably the Anderson Valley. This scenic region, with rolling hills covered in redwood forests as well as vineyards, is one of the world’s top producers of certified organically-grown grapes. Due to wide geographical and climatic variation, a vast array of wine styles can be found here.
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 it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.