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Cavit Chardonnay 2012
The Wine Divas/ What's the best wine with hamburgers? With chocolate? And what does tannic mean, anyway? Julie Powell raises a glass to a vintage organization that celebrates wine, women and friendship. The Divas' Choice: Nine Wines Under $20: Grove Mill Chardonnay (New Zealand). Aging in oak barrels results in peach and pineapple flavors. An ideal wine for cocktail hour, it also stands up to lobster or a meaty fish.Add winemaker's notes
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The Wine Divas/ What's the best wine with hamburgers? With chocolate? And what does tannic mean, anyway? Julie Powell raises a glass to a vintage organization that celebrates wine, women and friendship. The Divas' Choice: Nine Wines Under $20: Grove Mill Chardonnay (New Zealand). Aging in oak barrels results in peach and pineapple flavors. An ideal wine for cocktail hour, it also stands up to lobster or a meaty fish.
The 125-acre Ognissole estate, near the town of Fragagnano in Apulia’s Manduria region, was established in 2000 by the founders of Feudi di San Gregorio. Over the past 20 years or more, Feudi di San Gregorio, in southern Italy’s Campania region, has played a leading role in fostering a winemaking revolution that extends across southern Italy, and has led to a remarkable resurgence of regional wine industries. The Ognissole range taps into the enormous potential of local, ancient varieties in an effort to bring prestige and recognition to these treasures of the south. Ognissole seeks to revitalize this ancient area, bringing Apulia to the forefront among world-class wine regions. Production Area Apulia (Puglia), Italy. Grape Varieties Chardonnay, with a small amount of Verdeca. Vinification The grapes are pressed softly and the must is cooled down to a temperature of 50°F to achieve a natural clarification. Afterwards, the must is fermented with selected yeasts in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 61°F where it is kept until it is bottled, usually in February/March. Color Light straw with greenish tints. Bouquet Fresh notes of orange blossom, thyme, rose and lavender. Taste Fresh, crisp, and mineral, with a hint of salinity and a fruity aftertaste. Maintains a very good balance between softness and acidity. Serving Suggestions Pairs well with seafood, shellfish, vegetables and soft cheeses.
Chardonnay 2011 - 91 points, Wine Enthusiast/ There’s a reason why this finessed bottling is one of Sicily’s most iconic whites. It doles out juicy yellow apple, mature pear, white grapefruit, yellow peach and tropical fruit accented by notes of vanilla and hazelnut, with fresh acidity. Subtle oak adds complexity and structure.
Diamond Chardonnay 2010 - 88 points, Wine Enthusiast/ Soft toasted-brioche and hay notes add depth to the orange rind and apple fruit center. Balanced and refreshing, the ripe fruit flavors flesh out the palate, transitioning onto the medium-length finish. Glimmers of sweet spice and peach pit linger on the close.
Diamond Chardonnay 2010 - 87 points, Wine Advocate/ …a fine value from Recanati. It was aged and fermented in a mixture of tank and oak. Rather pure, straightforward and fresh, it is charming and easygoing, pleasing for early consumption, with crispness and a rather nice finish. This perky and refreshing wine is not at all thin, has some intensity on the finish and it drinks awfully well for this level. This is a rather nice deal, although I’d recommend drinking it young, however long it theoretically lasts. Consider it at peak now.
Arrogant Frog is an estate-bottled wine created and produced by Jean-Claude Mas, 4th-Generation Winemaker. Steeped in legacy, and heritage, Jean-Claude’s unwavering commitment to creating superior wines is his direct response to an “arrogant” assumption that the Languedoc region can’t produce world class wines. This passion has resulted in the domaine becoming the largest privately-owned winery in France outside Champagne, and Arrogant Frog becoming an international success with its engaging, easy-going, and elegant style. Production Area Languedoc (France) - between the Mediterranean Sea and the Hérault Valley. Grape Varieties 85% Chardonnay, 15% Viognier. Vinification De-stemmed grapes are vinified separately at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks for 3 weeks, without skin contact. After the second week of fermentation, 30% of the Chardonnay finishes its fermentation in oak barrels and remains in oak to age for 3 months. The wines are blended and allowed to rest before bottling. Color Pale gold with green tints. Bouquet Elegant aromas of tropical fruits, with peach and white flowers and hints of vanilla. Taste Well-rounded and smooth with refreshing acidity. Alcohol 13.5% Serving Suggestions Serve lightly chilled with seafood and fish; will also complement sushi, white meats, blue cheeses and fruit desserts.
Located in Israel’s Hefer Valley, the Recanati Winery is a showcase winemaking facility, equipped with the most innovative technology available today. Owned by Lenny Recanati, a native of Israel with ancestral roots stretching back to Italy, the winery is the fruit of Lenny’s life-long dream to produce truly world-class wines. Chief winemaker is Gil Shatsberg, a graduate of the U.C. Davis wine program. Formerly a winemaker at Israel’s Amphorae and Carmel wineries, Gil brings to Recanati proven expertise in his field, allied to a devotion to artistry and craftsmanship in winemaking. Recanati wines are certified kosher . Production Area Grapes for this Chardonnay are sourced from select hillside vineyards in Israel’s Kerem Ben-Zimra district, at an optimum altitude of 2,500 feet above sea level. Grape Varieties 100% Chardonnay. Vinification After hand harvesting, the grapes are gently pressed as whole clusters to preserve maximum levels of aroma and flavor. The wine is then fermented in small French oak barrels and aged sur lie for a further nine months. Following the Burgundy tradition, the wine is mixed with yeast every three weeks, thereby enhancing its creaminess, delicate fruit and complexity. Color Pale straw gold. Bouquet Delicate aromas of tropical fruit with subtle nuances of caramel and hazelnut. Taste Full-bodied and harmonious, concluding in a long, smooth finish. Serving Suggestions Enjoy as an aperitif or with a variety of dishes, including fish, pasta in cream sauces and a wide array of appetizers. Serve chilled.