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Sea Monster Los Alamos Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Amazing nose!! Complex layers of lemon grass and Orange blossom mingle with quince, pear and grapefruit. Magnolia and lemon verbena with hints of briny river stone and mineral notes. Crisp pear, salted grapefruit and quince are long on the palate with profound and complex minerality trail into a subtle creamy vanilla oak finish. This wine is so complex and one instantly realizes its aging potential. The gorgeous acid profile not only give it longevity but is like the baseline of a jazz standard that is accented perfectly with high notes, bridges and solos. This is an event to be savored… and is a tribute to the uniqueness of the Los Alamos Vineyard and its "Chablis-like" terroir. Look out France… Sea Monster is coming for you!

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This stylishly labeled wine by Adam Lazarreand Christian Tietje shows salted apples, lime blossoms and white flowers on the nose. The energetic palate offers justcut green pearsat first, then opens into a touch of vanilla. It tightens back down on green apple peels before ending with vanilla cream.The wine delivers a full experience.
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Central Coast

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The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley.

Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.

While the region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.

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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