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Really nice wine! Flavors of mango, butter and lemon curd. Crisp and clean with nice balance. Really nice for the price. 91 pts. 12/22/12 Read more
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This wine is bold, wearing its oak barrel fermentation proudly. In aroma and taste we got creamy goodness, somewhat like apple pie with ice cream ... Read more
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Really nice wine! Flavors of mango, butter and lemon curd. Crisp and clean with nice balance. Really nice for the price. 91 pts. 12/22/12
We liked the limited selection chard
This wine is bold, wearing its oak barrel fermentation proudly. In aroma and taste we got creamy goodness, somewhat like apple pie with ice cream and a touch of butterscotch. Big, round, smooth, comforting are the words that come to mind. I didn't get quite as much acid as I would have liked but all-in-all a very fine wine for seafood (nice complement for a creamy bisque or chowder) or poultry.
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Gainey is a small family production, originally from Minnesota. This full-bodied, dry wine is topped up with creamy, golden citrus and confiture of peach, acidity sings like a just picked pineapple. Woodsy notes of toasty vanilla and depth to this fruit-forward wine. Drought conditions in 2009 brought out the ripe, sweet nature of the region's grapes. This structured Chard is properly balanced and will pair with a wide range of seafood, poultry and vegetarian entrees.
Wine Tasting Notes For those of you weary of okay and buttery Chardonnay, here is a wine that delivers unmasked Chardonnay flavors and Santa Rita Hills character without over-the-top manipulation. If you want to taste what Chardonnay can be like without much interference, try this on! With new oak impact at an all time low, one can actually see through the layers and depict the fruit. Here there are notes of baked apple and banana. Veins of minerality appear and disappear and there are in-check malolactic notes to suggest richness and complexity. In the mouth, the wine enters softly and the fruit emerges first. Apple, pear, and pineapple comprise the majority here. Only the slightest hint of new oak appears and integrates. The wine is fully flavored without being heavy or overbearing. All the elements are in balance to form a quite quaffable glass of Chardonnay.
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