Greg Norman California Estates California Estates Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2008

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

Sleek, with vibrant green apple, lemon, citrus and nectarine flavors that are crisp and refreshing, with a clean aftertaste. Drink now.

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Greg Norman Estates:
Greg's Wine Preferences I was first introduced to wine and the appreciation of a good bottle of wine back in the 70s when I started playing professional golf in Europe. I would frequently enjoy a bottle of wine with dinner and since I was playing a great deal of golf in France at the time, we favored French wine. While in Australia, I did try many Aussie wines, but they were not nearly as popul... Read more
Greg's Wine Preferences I was first introduced to wine and the appreciation of a good bottle of wine back in the 70s when I started playing professional golf in Europe. I would frequently enjoy a bottle of wine with dinner and since I was playing a great deal of golf in France at the time, we favored French wine. While in Australia, I did try many Aussie wines, but they were not nearly as popular as they are today. I drank Californian wine very infrequently, as I was not a regular in the States. Now, however, it seems all I drink are varietals from Australia or California, as I tend to enjoy their qualities better than wines from other countries. One of my favorite wines is the Australian Reserve Shiraz. It has such a deep, intense flavor, filled with tannins that are pronounced but not overbearing, and a hint of blueberry. Zinfandel is also a personal favorite, and the new Lake County Zinfandel has the spicy, red fruit character style that I particularly enjoy. Only after many years of experimenting with wines from all over the world have I come to understand the characteristics that I most enjoy. In my Chardonnays, I prefer a less dry, less heavy wine with more oak flavor to it. I find that most California and Australian Chardonnays possess this quality. For this reason, I wanted the style of my new Santa Barbara County Chardonnay to be alive with fruit flavors and pair well with many foods. Many people assume that I prefer Australian wine above all others, because that is where Greg Norman Estates originated, but it isn't true. For me it depends on the situation, menu choice and mood. I am more of a casual wine drinker, rather than an intense wine connoisseur, and therefore I drink whatever wine I have a desire for at that moment. Read less
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External Reviews for Greg Norman California Estates California Estates Santa Barbara County Chardonnay

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Sleek, with vibrant green apple, lemon, citrus and nectarine flavors that are crisp and refreshing, with a clean aftertaste. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The wine is light and refreshing, with a hint of crispness. The citrus aroma is punctuated with lemon zest. On the palate, initial flavors of guava, pear and nectarine give way to layers of tropical fruit character. Subtle vanilla notes and a bit of light spice round out a smooth, bright finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The core green apple flavors are crisp, clean and flinty, without using oak as a crutch. The pure fruit flavors stay fresh and lively, and end on a cleansing note. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Warm and sunny, this has sweet peach nectar and banana flavors. Itrsquo;s neither heavily oaked nor overly alcoholic, just a simple, clean white to serve with grilled chicken.



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