Arrowood Vineyards and Winery Chardonnay Sonoma Los Carneros Alta Vista Vineyard 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

We believe that our finest wines are those that best reflect their terroir, or the vineyards in which they were grown. The grapes for this fresh, full-bodied wine were grown in the Alta Vista Vineyards located in the Sonoma-Los Carneros region. The region's distinctive cool climate allows for grapes to ripen slowly giving them more time to develop flavors. The region's cool climate also tends to produce Chardonnay grapes with higher acidity. The resulting wines are often a vibrant fruit experience with a crisp finish. The fruit from Alta Vista Vineyards in 2008 was so outstanding that we hand-selected a few of the richest barrels to be bottled as a single vineyard designate. The Chardonnay was aged sur lie, which means the wine was in contact with the yeast lees during its fourteen month aging process in French oak barrels. This practice also encourages secondary malolactic fermentation, which imparts a more creamy and fleshy mouthfeel. To retain the maximum flavor complexity, the wine was left unfined and was not polish filtered prior to bottling.

Region: USA » California » Sonoma County

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  • 2008

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Winery: Alta Vista
Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake

RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.

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Tasting Notes:

This 2008 Chardonnay, Alta Vista Vineyards, has a beautiful golden straw color. On the nose, the wine offers up notes of ripe apples, toasty oak and vanilla. The palate is rich and velvety with lush tropical fruit flavors, hints of pear and bright acid notes that lead into the long and unhurried finish.

We believe that our finest wines are those that best reflect their terroir, or the vineyards in which they were grown. The grapes for this fresh, full-bodied wine were grown in the Alta Vista Vineyards located in the Sonoma-Los Carneros region. The region's distinctive cool climate allows for grapes to ripen slowly giving them more time to develop flavors. The region's cool climate also tends to produce Chardonnay grapes with higher acidity. The resulting wines are often a vibrant fruit experience with a crisp finish. The fruit from Alta Vista Vineyards in 2008 was so outstanding that we hand-selected a few of the richest barrels to be bottled as a single vineyard designate. The Chardonnay was aged sur lie, which means the wine was in contact with the yeast lees during its fourteen month aging process in French oak barrels. This practice also encourages secondary malolactic fermentation, which imparts a more creamy and fleshy mouthfeel. To retain the maximum flavor complexity, the wine was left unfined and was not polish filtered prior to bottling.

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100 Cases produced.

Aged in French Oak.

Notes: 100% barrel fermentation; 100% malolactic fermentation; aged in French oak barrels for nine months, select lots blended and returned to French oak barrels for an additional five months of aging (total of 14 months in French oak)

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 15.0% pH: 3.7
Total Acidity: 76 grams per liter

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