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Patrick Lesec Chateauneuf-du-Pape Bargeton 2004

Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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"The 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Bargeton is an elegant, Pinot Noir-on-steroids-like effort displaying a dark ruby/purple color, abundant quantities of black fruits, a touch of herbes de Provence, sweet licorice, and candied red and black fruits. It is a medium to full-bodied, dense, concentrated, moderately tannic Chateauneuf to consume over the next 10-12 years." 90-93 Points
Wine Advocate
February 2007

"Explosive red and dark fruit aromas, with complicating licorice and garrigue tones. Deep, concentrated and very sweet, with a sappy texture and pure raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. The finish builds and deepens, displaying outstanding fruit concentration and sauve, velvety tannins. This is fresh, and it's 16.3% alcohol." 93 Points
International Wine Cellar
January/February 2007

Critical Acclaim

RP 93
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ST 93
International Wine Cellar

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Sonoma County

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Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types...

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Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for nearly every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa, the region only produces about half the amount of wine, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in both quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River and Sonoma Valleys, Carneros, and Fort Ross-Seaview. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes...

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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.

STCER113F2004_2004 Item# 97789

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