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Mark West Chardonnay 2010

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    Summer aromas of fresh kiwi and honeydew melon fruits are balanced by lemon cream, freshly baked croissants and vanilla custard. This fresh, clean, bright Chardonnay is fruit driven with flavors of gooseberries. Oak aging rounds out the mid-palate and frames the fruit. Pair this wine with roast turkey, chicken Alfredo, cobb salad, grilled salmon, or your favorite grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. For a dessert pairing trying this wine with apple pie a la mode.

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    Mark West

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    Mark West, , California
    Mark West
    At Mark West Winery our goal is to craft wines that consistently deliver enticing aromatics, a rich supple mouth feel, and classical varietal characteristics. The wines pair easily with food or for drinking alone. Our goal is to combine outstanding value and style in every wine we produce.

    Tempranillo

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    Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins, modest alcohol, and crisp acidity...

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    Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins, modest alcohol, and refreshing acidity, Tempranillo is the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. It is important throughout Spain as well as in Portugal, where it is known as Tinta Roriz and is an important component of Port wines and the table wines of the Douro region that Port calls home. California, Washington, and Oregon have all had moderate success with Tempranillo, producing a riper, more fruit-forward style of wine.

    In the Glass

    Tempranillo is often aged in new oak for the integration of spicy, woodsy, and herbal flavors, often with hints of vanilla, coconut, and dill. The grape itself produces medium-weight reds with bright red and black fruit aromas and hints of spice, leather, and tobacco, with no shortage of flavor.

    Perfect Pairings

    Tempranillo’s modest, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity make it extremely food friendly, pairing with a wide variety of Spanish-inspired dishes—especially grilled lamb chops, a rich chorizo and bean stew, or paella.

    Sommelier Secret

    The Spanish take their oak aging requirements very seriously, especially in Rioja. There, a system is in place to indicate on the label how much time the wine has spent in both barrel and bottle before release, which is helpful to the consumer trying to determine the style of an unfamiliar wine. Rioja can range from Joven (fresh, fruity, and unoaked) to Gran Reserva (complex and oxidized from extended barrel aging), with Crianza and Reserva in between.