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Secret Indulgence Evoluna Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • RP92
750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This 100% Chardonnay is rich and lush, yet bright and approachable. Fuji apple, d'anjou pear, narcissus and lychee greet you on the nose. On the palate, you find notes of vanilla bean, mango, dried apple and apricot preserves. This delectable wine has a plush, rich mouthfeel -- bold on the front, balanced mid-palate, and a long, lingering finish.

Pairs well with triple creme cheese or Dover sole in lemon sauce.

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JD 93
Jeb Dunnuck
A beautiful Chardonnay that does everything right, the 2015 Chardonnay Evoluna offers serious amounts of orchard fruits, brioche, honeysuckle and hints of minerality. It's layered, concentrated, and balanced, with beautiful acidity, depth of fruit, and length. It's a seriously good Chardonnay and overdelivers.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Evoluna Sonoma Coast Chardonnay explodes with vibrant pineapple and pink grapefruit notes with an undercurrent of ripe apricots, brioche and ginger plus a waft of honeycomb. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with expressive tropical and stone fruit flavors, featuring a racy backbone and pleasant oiliness to the texture, finishing long.
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Secret Indulgence, France - Other regions

In a world where extravagance is celebrated and imagination is boundless, a new age of enlightenment begins... Introducing Secret Indulgence, a new, borderless portfolio of wines. This unique collection is a collaboration between Jean-Charles Boisset and thirteen winemakers from his family estates in France and California, who have created a wine world without bounds, embracing the freedom to create a portfolio of daring, limited-production wines on the cutting edge of style!

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Sonoma Coast

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A vast appellation covering Sonoma County’s Pacific coastline, the Sonoma Coast AVA runs all the way from the Mendocino County border, south to the San Pablo Bay. The region can actually be divided into two sections—the actual coastal vineyards, marked by marine soils, cool temperatures and saline ocean breezes—and the warmer, drier vineyards further inland, which are still heavily influenced by the Pacific but not quite with same intensity.

Contained within the appellation are the much smaller Fort Ross-Seaview and Petaluma Gap AVAs.

The Sonoma Coast is highly regarded for elegant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and, increasingly, cool-climate Syrah. The wines have high acidity, moderate alcohol, firm tannin, and balanced ripeness.

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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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