Sanford La Rinconada Chardonnay 2010
A big step up, with fantastic purity and definition on both the nose and palate, the 2010 Chardonnay La Rinconada boasts classy, mineral-laced aromas of crisp apple, brioche, white flowers and fresh creme on the nose. This flows to a medium to full-bodied, seamless and beautifully pure palate that has outstanding length and grip. Enjoy this beauty over the coming 3-4 years. Drink now-2017.
Light yellow. Ripe pear, vanilla and anise on the fragrant, smoke-accented nose. A touch of honey adds depth and sweetness to intense orchard fruit and vanilla flavors, with a spicy element contributing lift. Finishes spicy and very long, with an echo of iodine and impressive clarity.
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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes...
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.
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.
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.