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Professional Ratings: 91 Wine & Spirits
Region: Central Coast, California
Style: Fruity & Smooth
Alcohol By Volume: 14.3%
Item no. 102770
Our 2007 Santa Barbara County Chardonnay is sourced from a combination of the cool climate of the Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills and the warm, balmy blocks of the La Plata Vineyard of Santa Barbara County. The nose combines a touch of minerality from the cooler sites, while rich, ripe notes of golden pear, papaya and mango are from the inland, more continental climates. Flavors of Golden Delicious apples, Meyer lemons, tropical fruits and sweet cream are balanced with crisp acidity and a silky mouthfeel. The finish lingers with notes of vanilla and coconut from the barrel fermentation. The rich texture and bright fruit of the 2007 Chardonnay make it a perfect wine for sipping alone, or an easy pairing with grilled halibut, creamy cheeses, roast chicken or cream-based pasta dishes.
Scents of lemon and nectarine brighten the ripe pear flavors in this big-shouldered chardonnay. It shows fine integration and balance throughout, leading to a firm, gripping finish. It's a complex, satisfying partner for pan-roasted halibut.