Mill Creek Vineyards Chardonnay Dry Creek Valley Estate 2005
Wine Recommendation: Mill Creek 2005 Chardonnay, Estate Winemaker Notes: The grapes for our 2005 Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay were harvested before dawn to allow the fruit to be brought to the winery cold. After crushing and pressing, the juice was fermented in a combination of stainless steel and small oak barrels over approximately four weeks. During this time, the lees were stirred every week. Malolactic fermentation was almost fully inhibited. This chardonnay was aged for five months in 60-gallon French oak barrels followed by bottling in the spring of 2006. Tasting Notes: Our 2005 Chardonnay begins with notes of green apple and minerals, Flavors of apple and honeydew melon predominate, mixed with subtle accents from the small oak barrels. Firm acidity provides a fresh crisp finish. Food Pairing Notes: Excellent with mild cheeses, grilled chicken, most white fish, and pasta salads. Our 2005 Chardonnay will also provide an excellent addition to a chicken Caesar salad. Technical Notes: Appellation: 100% Dry Creek Valley Vineyard: Estate Varietal Content: 100% Chardonnay Sugar at Harvest: 24.8 Brix TA: 0.64g/100ml Alcohol: 13.4% pH: 3.24 Fermentation: Combination of stainless steel and barrel Production: 1500 Cases Return to Mill Creek Wine List
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Chardonnays from Dry Creek Valley tend to stay within a more subtle, restrained range of styles than many of their more opulent and showy counterparts from outside of Sonoma, and across the state. They often remind me of Clarksburg or Dunnigan Hills Chardonnays (or perhaps it is the other way around). This is quite a feat for growers and winemakers given the tremendous natural potential for super-ripe fruit that brings us some of the best Zins in the country. Owned and fully operated by the large Kreck family, this winery is built on a 55 acre ranch, though the family also owns 8 acres in Alexander Valley. This release, a lovely, clean, balanced, and food-friendly Chardonnay, is bright, yellow gold, and viscous. On the nose it has notes of butter, cream, lemon, vanilla, and toasted almonds. It is medium-bodied, round, and clean on the palate with a refreshing, lemony lift and oaky notes on the finish. This would be delicious with Crab cakes, a lobster with a meyer lemon, fennel and butter sauce, beer-battered Halibut, or lemon roast chicken with jasmine rice sprinkled with slivered, toasted almonds.