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Scott Family Estate Arroyo Seco Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    The 2013 vintage has opulent aromas and rich flavors of dried apricot, tangerine, crisp Golden Delicious apples, crème brulee and roasted macadamia nut. Partial malolactic and 50% barrel fermentation impart body and enhance complexity of aromas andflavors. The wine has crisp acidity, a full mouth-feel and a long, silky finish.

    This finely balanced wine is versatile and food-friendly. Enjoy with a seafood salad, chicken with cashews or an omelet.

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    Scott Family Estate, Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    Named after the winery owners’ grandfather, our Scott Family Estate wines are produced from Dijon Clones grown on our estate vineyards in the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey, CA. This area of the state is known for its warm days – often hot - and cool nights.

    This terroir is ideal for producing high-quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wine grapes. With such outstanding grapes, our winemaker Steve Rued crafts wines with aromatic elegance and opulent flavors.

    Arroyo Seco

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    Named after the dramatic, seasonal river of rain and snowmelt that cuts through the upper elevations of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the Arroyo Seco AVA (American Viticultural Area) extends east from this resulting mountain gorge on its western side, and into the rural and warm Salinas Valley. During the growing season, cool and damp Pacific Ocean air penetrates the gorge and flows into the valley, creating a cool evening respite for vineyards after hot summer days. This natural water-release has also created a subterranean aquifer, which helps set the foundation of AVA's boundaries and supplies the vineyards with water.

    Arroyo Seco was actually home to the first commercial vineyard in California, called Mission Ranch, which was owned and propogated by the Mirassou family in the 1960s.

    Chardonnay is most widely grown here. But as one of Monterey’s warmer regions, Arroyo Seco enjoys the highest praise for its reds, namely Bordeaux blends.

    Arroyo Seco is one of the oldest AVAs in California, its status granted in the early 1980s, and also remains one of its smallest.

    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.

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