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Sivas-Sonoma Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    13.5% ABV
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    13.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    On the nose you'll find plenty of fruit with green apple, ripe pineapple, and lime all making an appearance, complemented by a hint of butterscotch. Tropical fruit and toasty coconut flavors take center stage while flavors of Meyer lemon, vanilla and a touch of white pepper round out this medium to full-bodied Chardonnay. Crafted in the classic Californian tradition, Oak plays a prominent role, but care has been taken to ensure it is balanced by the fruit's natural acidity throughout the finish.

    The 2011 Sivas-Sonoma Chardonnay is a great food pairing wine. Try it with BBQ lemon pepper Salmon with Parsley, lime and caper dressing, a Hoisin and honey glazed pork chop or an appetizer of bleu cheese with red grapes and walnuts.

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    Sivas-Sonoma, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    The Sonoma appellation is more important to us than any other appellation. Wines from Sonoma tend to be more subtle and nuanced by nature. Sivas-Sonoma wines are made to be enjoyed with a meal, as has been the tradition in the Sebastiani family for generations. These wines are a marriage of Sonoma's sub-appellations to truly reflect the character of Sonoma County. Our winemaking approach is a blend of old world and new world style. The wines are rich in heritage while embodying Sonoma County's food friendly and relaxed approach to life.

    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.

    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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