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La Merika Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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Winemaker Notes

Bright aromas of citrus, sweet pineapple and cantaloupe greet the nose followed by fresh flavors of lemon, lime, Golden Delicious apple and pie crust on the palate. This crisp and juicy, medium-bodied Chardonnay delivers a full, rounded mouthfeel, balanced acidity and a creamy long finish.

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Silky and bright with tangy citrus and smooth texture; fresh, juicy and balanced with good length and style.

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La Merika

La Merika

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La Merika, , California
La Merika
The story of La Merika is based around an alleged voyage that Henry Sinclair made from Scotland to present- day america in the early 1400s, almost 100 years before Columbus made his voyage in 1492.

Theorists speculate that Sinclair discovered a royal archive under the temple mount in Jerusalem, stating that Phoenicians from Tyre, voyaged to a western continent following a star called La Merika.

La Merika Vineyards is located in Manteca, CA. The fruit for this wine comes from the finest vineyards of California's Central Coast, where the warm days and cool nights are tempered by the cool ocean breezes that once upon a time brought adventurers like you to this place of discovery.

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Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

BNP0670110101_2011 Item# 128978

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