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/ Light golden yellow with intense aromas of vanilla, pear and baked apple. Medium-full with excellent concentration. As usual with this wine, lay... Read more
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 ... Read more
Situated on a high plateau in the Uco Valley of Argentina’s Mendoza region, the Portillo (meaning “portal” or “gateway”) winery and vineyards are d... Read more
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/ Light golden yellow with intense aromas of vanilla, pear and baked apple. Medium-full with excellent concentration. As usual with this wine, layers of flavor on the palate and a big, flavorful finish with expressive oak, good acidity and notes of yellow spice.
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.
Situated on a high plateau in the Uco Valley of Argentina’s Mendoza region, the Portillo (meaning “portal” or “gateway”) winery and vineyards are dedicated to making superb quality wines for everyday enjoyment. Harmony with nature is readily apparent in every aspect of this property, which is designed to deliver wines that capture and respect the pristine beauty of their birthplace. Portillo’s state-of-the-art winery is largely built of local materials, including stones quarried from a nearby valley. This enables the facility to better blend in with the surrounding environment. Built on three levels, each 16 feet deep, with much of the facility concealed below ground, Portillo is also notable for its employment of a gravity-flow system. This minimizes handling of grapes and helps protect the integrity of the fruit. The facility’s ingenious design, which takes careful advantage of the gentle slopes on which it is built, is thought to be unique in South America. Production Area Mendoza, Argentina Appellation: Valle de Uco - Tunuyan The Chardonnay grapes were grown in very select plots on the estate vineyard Finca El Oasis, at 3,445 feet above sea level. Alluvial soils lying on gravel bed with good permeability and drainage. Grape Varieties 100% Chardonnay Vinification The grapes are harvested in the evening, when temperatures go down to 50°F-53°F. After destemming, the berries are transferred to the wine press, where a short cold maceration takes place with dry ice (4 to 6 hours at 50°F). Gentle pressing is performed and the must is sent to stainless steel tanks where the lees are allowed to settle for 48 hours. The clear must is racked to another tank where fermentation takes place, using select yeasts at low temperatures. After fermentation, the wine is racked by gravity, without using pumps, to stainless steel tanks for storage. Color Pale yellow Bouquet Subtle scents reminiscent of green apple and pear with mineral notes Taste A refreshing mouthfeel of apple, apricot and stony minerality Alcohol 13% Serving Suggestions An ideal match for lighter fare such as salads and seafood dishes, as well as pasta or grilled vegetables.
Planeta is a Journey through Sicily. And that journey begins at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate which the Planeta family has owned since the 1600s. Here on Italy’s most enchanting island, three enthusiastic young Sicilians, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta, began their winemaking venture in the mid-1980s. Subsequent years were spent matching the extraordinarily diverse Sicilian soils with both indigenous and international varieties. Years of careful research paid off when the Planeta wines were met with immediate critical acclaim upon introduction in the U.S. in the late 1990s. Planeta’s first winery, Ulmo, together with an old family farmhouse, is situated on the banks of the Arancio Lake in the eastern portion of Sicily. The soil here is deep and chalky – perfect for the production of Planeta’s great white wines: Chardonnay and Cometa. Production Area Sambuca di Sicilia, Sicily, Italy Grape Varieties 100% Chardonnay Vinification The grapes are de-stemmed and crushed; the juice is clarified through cold settling overnight and then inoculated wit selected yeast. Fermented and aged in 225-liter French oak barrels, 50% new and 50% one-year-old. The wine is aged for 10 months in barrel before bottling and release. Color Golden yellow with lively green glints. Bouquet Rich and intense. Aromas of peach, golden apple, white figs, vanilla cream, and meringue mingle with overtones of hazelnut and honey. The wood is shy but well balanced. Taste Soft, round and concentrated on the palate; the fruit flavors are wonderfully balanced by a powerful streak of acidity and rich mineral character. Alcohol 14% Serving Suggestions An outstanding match for ravioli with fish and lemon sauce, handmade pasta with truffles, and grilled meats. After some years of bottle aging, enjoyable with mature cheeses.
Planeta Chardonnay 2009 - 91 points, Wine Enthusiast/ Planeta’s Chardonnay is one of the nicest expressions of this international grape variety made on Italian soil. From sunny Sicily, the wine recalls some of the characteristics of Chardonnay from California, with its creamy, rich mouthfeel and beautifully intense aromas of stone fruit, citrus, vanilla, yellow rose and exotic spice.
chardonnay 2010 - 92 points & Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast/ Creamy, smooth and rich, this gorgeous bottling offers flavors of lemon mousse, apricot and vanilla, backed by well-integrated acidity and fruity concentration.
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.
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