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Silver Palm Chardonnay 2012

Chardonnay from North Coast, California
    13.8% ABV
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    13.8% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Silver Palm Chardonnay glistens in the glass and greets the nose with the perfume of apple blossom and pear. On the palate, ripe flavors of white peach, Gravenstein apple and Meyer lemon glide seamlessly like a silk ribbon. A near flinty finish provides balanced acidity and leaves the palate yearning for another sip.

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    Silver Palm, North Coast, California
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    With a bottle as precious as its contents, the wines of Silver Palm reflect an unmatched attention to detail, quality and luxury. The distinctive Silver palm bottle, festooned with real platinum, merely hints at the delights that await within. These quintessentially California wines handcrafted from choice fruit painstakingly selected from the finest wine valleys of northern California. The North Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA), which encompasses Napa and Sonoma Valleys, is profoundly influenced by cool coastal air and fog from the Pacific Ocean, resulting in temperate vineyard microclimates ideal for the cultivation of noble grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

    Handcrafted using traditional and cutting-edge artisan winemaking techniques, the Silverpalm winemaking team creates sumptuous, seamless wines that beautifully enhance the dining experience. Because Silver Palm is focused exclusively on crafting outstanding wines to enhance fine food, it is available primarily in restaurants, where it provides an especially delicious complement to the dining experience. Inside the bottle and out, Silver Palm proves the adage that "beauty is in the details."

    North Coast

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    Encompassing the grape-growing regions located north of San Francisco, the North Coast AVA includes six counties: Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano. Napa and Sonoma get all of the attention, but there are a few other counties producing great wine in Northern California. Two notable examples are Mendocino and Lake County, the northernmost winegrowing regions in the state. These AVAs are very different, both from their neighbors to the south and from one another.

    Mendocino benefits from the cooling fog of the Pacific Ocean and is able to successfully grow cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling. There is a significant focus here on organic viticulture. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Sauvignon Blanc are the dominant varieties. Both regions are excellent sources of high-quality but affordable California wines in a wide range of styles.

    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.

    WAL412805_2012 Item# 136981