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Moobuzz Monterey Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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13.5% ABV
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3.5 44 Ratings
13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The aroma is bright and attractive, with hints of freshly picked red berries accented by floral undertones. Soft on the palate, its flavors are juicy and vibrant with a round mouthfeel. Vanilla creme and a touch of oak spice lead into a smooth finish.

This wine pairs well with a variety of dishes including chicken skewers with a stone fruit glaze and a hint of spice, or grilled squash salad with Italian herbs and hearty greens.

Critical Acclaim

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Buttered white-floral petals, lemon and vanilla make up the beautiful perfume for this great-value gem. Weighty and seductive, honeyed white roses, lime zest and spearmint become comrades in arms, housed by fine acidity. Chamomile and tangerine bring up the rear.
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Moobuzz

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Moobuzz, Monterey, Central Coast, California

Moobuzz, from the land of milk and honey, crafts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from California’s Central Coast, a wine region worthy of discovery. This coastal vibe is often more remote than one might imagine, full of rugged valleys and ridges, buzzing bees and baby calves in the distance. The sun moves slowly across the sky and starts its descent into the Pacific. Cool and refreshing, the salt infused wind settles in on the coast, as the grape vines slowly evolve. Ripening slowly on Monterey’s breezy hillsides, Moobuzz wines are whimsically elegant…deliciously seductive.

Monterey

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A geographic and climatic paradise for grape vines, Monterey is a part of the greater Central Coast AVA and contains within it five smaller sub-appellations, including Arroyo Seco, San Lucas, San Bernabe, Hames Valley and the famous Santa Lucia Highlands. The climate is relatively warm but tempered by cool, coastal winds, allowing the regions in Monterey County an exceptionally long growing season. Bud break often happens two weeks sooner and harvest tends to be two weeks later compared to other surrounding regions.

Monterey’s coastal side, where the cooling ocean fog allows grapes to develop a perfect sugar-acid balance, excels in the production of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling. Warmer, inland subzones are home to fleshy, concentrated and full-bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel.

Chardonnay, covering about 40% of vineyard acreage, is the most widely planted grape in all of Monterey County.

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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