Carmela Vineyards Chardonnay Lewis & Clark Bicentennial 2003

External Review by Appellation America:

Idaho’s first officially recognized appellation, the Snake River Valley, was only approved as an AVA in 2007, though grape growing in this upland basin area is much more established than the TTB’s official nod would indicate. Carmela Vineyards owner Roger Jones has been growing grapes here since 1988, and not surprisingly, the winery is dedicated to locally grown fruit, with a winemaking program that is 100% Idaho grown, including its winemaker, Idaho born Neil Glancey. In addition to working with local growers, Carmela has 48 acres of estate vineyards, planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and Riesling.This special bottling, first released in 2006 to mark the 200th anniversary of Lewis & Clark’s Expedition, predates the AVA’s approval, so the label carries a more generic “Idaho” state designation.This Chardonnay has a rather quirky style – a decided departure from the more modish heavily extracted, very ripe and tropical, hit-the-sweet-spot style that is so popular today. Oh no, this wine is for a different crowd – those that still appreciate a Chardonnay that steps forward with steely minerality as its best foot. If you’re in this camp, you’ll enjoy the wet wool, flint and briny sea air qualities of this wine that are somewhat reminiscent of good Chablis from the best Kimmeridgian soils of that venerable French region. The fruit character of this Chardonnay is subdued, but does offer fresh stone fruit aromas and flavors, namely pear and apple. At a sensibly moderate 12% alcohol, the wine comes off as lightly textured with a very dry, crisp finish – it’s a wine that you can actually enjoy more than one glass of.

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Carmela Estates Winery:
Carmela Vineyards, owned and operated by Roger Jones, is one of Idaho's most complete wineries. Varieties of wine made include Chardonnay, Semillon, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir. Thirty acres of vineyards surround the winery on a slope overlooking the Snake River. Carmela has a 60,000 gallon capacity in it's growing wine cellar, and is comp... Read more
Carmela Vineyards, owned and operated by Roger Jones, is one of Idaho's most complete wineries. Varieties of wine made include Chardonnay, Semillon, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir. Thirty acres of vineyards surround the winery on a slope overlooking the Snake River. Carmela has a 60,000 gallon capacity in it's growing wine cellar, and is complete with lab and bottling room, gift shop, restaurant, and a 9 hole 34 par golf course that winds through the vineyards. Visit our beautiful winery and spend some quality time tasting our award winning wines. Take a tour of our wine cellar. Stay in our cozy cabin, relax with a round of golf, have a refreshing drink in our lounge before enjoying a wonderful meal in our dining room. Read less
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External Reviews for Carmela Vineyards Chardonnay Lewis & Clark Bicentennial

External Review
Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

Idaho’s first officially recognized appellation, the Snake River Valley, was only approved as an AVA in 2007, though grape growing in this upland basin area is much more established than the TTB’s official nod would indicate. Carmela Vineyards owner Roger Jones has been growing grapes here since 1988, and not surprisingly, the winery is dedicated to locally grown fruit, with a winemaking program that is 100% Idaho grown, including its winemaker, Idaho born Neil Glancey. In addition to working with local growers, Carmela has 48 acres of estate vineyards, planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and Riesling.This special bottling, first released in 2006 to mark the 200th anniversary of Lewis & Clark’s Expedition, predates the AVA’s approval, so the label carries a more generic “Idaho” state designation.This Chardonnay has a rather quirky style – a decided departure from the more modish heavily extracted, very ripe and tropical, hit-the-sweet-spot style that is so popular today. Oh no, this wine is for a different crowd – those that still appreciate a Chardonnay that steps forward with steely minerality as its best foot. If you’re in this camp, you’ll enjoy the wet wool, flint and briny sea air qualities of this wine that are somewhat reminiscent of good Chablis from the best Kimmeridgian soils of that venerable French region. The fruit character of this Chardonnay is subdued, but does offer fresh stone fruit aromas and flavors, namely pear and apple. At a sensibly moderate 12% alcohol, the wine comes off as lightly textured with a very dry, crisp finish – it’s a wine that you can actually enjoy more than one glass of.




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