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Vine Cliff Los Carneros Chardonnay 2010

Chardonnay from Carneros, California
  • WE93
  • WS90
14.4% ABV
  • WS91
  • WE90
  • WE94
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Winemaker Notes

Los Carneros is one of the most prestigious Chardonnay growing area in California, and this wine demonstrates why. This wine opens with sweet vanilla and clean citrus. Creamy peach and apricot lead into a long, smooth and elegant finish.

Try it with cracked crab, grilled pork, or on its own on a warm summer evening!

Critical Acclaim

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WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
This is very rich; it’s the kind of Chardonnay that will dazzle fans of the oaky, creamy style. It’s dry, despite the layered flavors of pineapple tart, orange cream, vanilla, buttered toast and cinnamon. It defines the luxe style of Chardonnay without ever straying into extremes.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Exhibits subtle peach, honeydew melon and citrus notes, with a light touch of smoky oak and vanilla, ending delicate and balanced.
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Vine Cliff Winery

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Vine Cliff Winery, Carneros, California
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Nestled in a quiet canyon above the Silverado Trail in the world famous Napa Valley stand the breathtaking vineyards of Vine Cliff Winery. Known for rich, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignons from the treasured Oakville Appellation and bold Chardonnays from the acclaimed Carneros District, Vine Cliff Winery prides itself on small lots of intensely flavored, hand-made wines.

Carneros

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Known for elegant wines that combine power and finesse, Carneros is set in the rolling hills that straddle the southernmost parts of both Sonoma and Napa counties. The cooling winds from the abutting San Pablo Bay, combined with lots of midday California sunshine, create an ideal environment for producing wines with a perfect balance of crisp acidity and well-ripened fruit.

This cooler pocket of California lends itself to growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Carneros is an important source of sparkling wines made in the style of Champagne as well.

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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