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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

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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 from the San Pablo Bay to the Mendocino County border. The region can actually be divided into two sections—the “true” Sonoma Coast, marked by high rainfall, marine soils, cool temperatures, and saline ocean breezes, from which one can actually see the ocean—and the warmer, drier vineyards further inland, creating a diversity of wine styles. Contained within the appellation is the much smaller and more focused Fort Ross-Seaview AVA.

    Sonoma Coast is highly regarded for elegant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and, increasingly, cool-climate Syrah, with high acidity, moderate alcohol, firm tannin, and fruit that is rarely overripe. One of the most favorable sites within the region is the Petaluma Gap, where a break in the coastal mountain range allows Pacific winds and fog to funnel through and cool the vineyards.

    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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