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Truvee Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
    13.5% ABV
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    13.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Fresh pear, white peach and Fuji apple seamlessly weave together with hints of lemon zest and citrus blossom. The palate is fresh and expressive, with just enough oak and malolactic influence to enhance the complexity of the fruit and add weight and structure. Crisp fruit flavors give way to a lightly toasted finish, accented with subtle barrel spices. The well-poised profile allows this wine to be enjoyed with a variety of foods, from spicy tandoori chicken to simple, herb-roasted pork loin.

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    Truvee, California
    Our vision for Truvée is to create elegant, finely balanced wines that are not heavy handed and express distinct individuality. Stylistically, Truvée bridges wines that sit between old world and new world: no polarizing flavors or characteristics, just unique blends, showcasing finesse from some of our best vineyard locations on the Central Coast.

    The terroir is a very important influence on the Central Coast. The micro-climates, soils, topography and even latitude degree change within every vineyard influence quality. This is not a homogenized region and sustainability is at the forefront of all of our growing efforts: it is the right thing to do, it integrates environment, social and economic structure and contribute to better quality and balance in everything.

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    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.

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    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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