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Monterey Chardonnay 1999

Chardonnay from North Coast, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    Medium-bodied, our Chardonnay is crisp and refreshing and may be enjoyed as an aperitif. The 1999 vintage is focused around lemon-lime, banana, and butter aromas underscored with a touch of fresh ginger. It's fairly rich, viscous palate holds tropical fruit flavors, with a hint of light vanillin oak. The ample structure in this white wine also allows it to be paired with entrees such as barbecue chicken and vegetarian lasagna.

    Alcohol: 13.3%

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    The Monterey Vineyards

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    The Monterey Vineyards, North Coast, California
    Twenty-five miles inland from Monterey Bay, The Monterey Vineyard rests in the wide Salinas Valley surrounded by the Gavilan and Santa Lucia mountain ranges. The winery is situated on portions of land originally granted by the Mexican government to Theodora Gonzales in 1836. The winery was acquired by The Seagram Chateau & Estate Wines Company in 1983.

    North Coast

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    Reaching up California's coastline and into its valleys north of San Francisco, the North Coast AVA includes six counties: Marin, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake. While Napa and Sonoma enjoy most of the glory, the rest produce no shortage of quality wines in an intriguing and diverse range of styles.

    Climbing up the state's rugged coastline, the chilly Marin County, just above the City and most of Sonoma County, as well as Mendocino County on the far north end of the North Coast successfully grow cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and in some spots, Riesling. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc produce some impressive wines with affordable price tags.

    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’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

    In the Glass

    When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

    Perfect Pairings

    Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based 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. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

    CGM53579_1999 Item# 28670