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Stephen Vincent Chardonnay 2015
This wine makes a great accompaniment to Turkey Tetrazzini, soft-ripened cheese, a big, fatty whitefish like Monkfish or Halibut, or even hot, buttered popcorn in front of the TV.
Stephen Vincent Situm, began his career in the wine business with the Gallo Sales Co. in 1962, logging 53 years of experience in the production, marketing, and sales of premium and ultra-premium wines. He has been instrumental in the building of many major brands including Robert Mondavi, J.Lohr, Vichon, Tepusquet Vineyard, Louis Roederer, Foppiano, Stephen Zellerbach, and Draper & Esquin. He is also a consulting partner on all winemaking decisions.
Founder of the early boutique winery, La Crema, Winemaker Bob Goyette grew in skill and experience at the Benziger Winery, combining his French Heritage with a New England upbringing. Bob brings his considerable experience to Stephen Vincent Wines. He lets traditional winemaking methods guide him while keeping an eye on the creative use of modern technology to create superior wines of great value for the current market.
Today, he leads the winemaking team at Stephen Vincent and Robert Goyette wineries. Included in the line are hand-crafted Sonoma County Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; and North Coast and Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc. These youthful, fruit-forward wines are made to be enjoyed young, and often.
Since the beginning in January 2001, they have sold more than 350,000 cases in 46 states and 3 countries. Stephen Vincent Wines have garnered high scores from Robert Parker, and Gold and Double Gold Medals for their Crimson from the San Francisco International Wine Competition.
Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa Valley, the region only produces about half the amount of wine but boasts both tremendous quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.
Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.
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.
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.
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.