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Uppercut Napa Valley Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
    13.9% ABV
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    3.5 7 Ratings
    13.9% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Generously fruity aromas lead to mouthwatering flavors that go fabulously with appetizers, seafood and grilled fresh water fish and chicken. Hints of apple pie, cinnamon and toasty vanilla spices from oak aging. The full bodied texture is best described as "voluptuous".

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    Uppercut

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    Uppercut , Napa Valley, California
    The whole idea of Uppercut is producing affordable Cabernet from one of the world’s premier winegrowing regions. Fortunately, winemaker Chris Cooney has access to fruit from some of Napa’s best valley, bench and mountain vineyards. This gives him the latitude to create a wine that is rich, complex and consistent from vintage to vintage.Uppercut has sourced their 2010 Uppercut Cabernet from the entire length of Napa Valley for layers of flavors and impeccable balance. Almost half of the grapes came from Rutherford, in the heart of Napa Valley, and another quarter from Calistoga and St. Helena to the north. The flexibility of sourcing is one of the keys to Uppercut’s success. The winemaker's intention with Uppercut is produce a delicious, affordable wine that pairs well with food and delivers the unmistakable flavor and personality of Napa Valley.

    Uppercut has sourced their 2010 Uppercut Cabernet from the entire length of Napa Valley for layers of flavors and impeccable balance. Almost half of the grapes came from Rutherford, in the heart of Napa Valley, and another quarter from Calistoga and St. Helena to the north.

    Napa Valley

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    One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production and tourism, the Napa Valley is the AVA that brought worldwide recognition to California winemaking. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

    Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two are St.-Helena and the valley's newest AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap District, and Mt. Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

    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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