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Sextant Central Coast Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
    14.2% ABV
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    14.2% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Honeydew melon aromas are complimented with essences of little white flowers, blanched almonds and chalky stones. Citrus elements on the palate are finished with a touch of butter cream. This Chardonnay is "naked" having minimal use of oak so the fruit characteristics are unmasked.

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    Sextant

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    Sextant, Central Coast, California
    San Luis Obispo always welcomes a new winery to its area but owners, Craig and Nancy Stoller are certainly not new to the industry. Craig is a third generation vine grower following in his father, Glen Stoller’s lead who founded the family owned and operated Sunridge Nurseries in 1977. Craig grew up working in the vineyards and greenhouses at the nursery and was fortunate to be a part of a household where wine was an everyday part of life and also a career.

    Sextant Wines has had a great start and the wines are turning out terrific thanks to winemaker Kevin Riley. “He is the perfect fit for Sextant because of his incredible ability to evaluate the differences in wine grape clones and the wines that can be made from them” says Craig. Other people at the helm of Sextant Wines are Mindy Powers who is the company’s operations supervisor; Teresa Deleganna, our Tasting Room attendant and administration assistant; and Justin Meier, Cellar Master. "We have a great team who are enthusiastic and just as passionate about wine grapes and winemaking as I am" says Stoller.

    Our goal is to provide high quality wines...another reason to celebrate Sextant’s nautical pinpoint of our great winegrowing location.

    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 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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