Rendez-Vous Chardonnay Clarksburg 2011
Larry Dizmang, the current winemaker/co-founder,established Folie`a Deux Winery in St Helena in 1981. He was his own winemaker and in 1985 won the Sweepstakes at the California State Fair for his 1983 Chardonnay. He has won multiple gold medals for both his white and red wines. For three years, in a row, in the early ‘90s, the Wine Spectator listed his Chenin Blanc among the top three along with Pine Ridge. In 1995 He sold the winery which was then producing 20,000 cases per year and went on to other endeavors. He is now returning to his passion for wine making with his partner Karan by embarking on Rendez-vous Winery in Clarksburg at the Old Sugar Mill. The current focus is to utilize only Clarksburg appellation fruit. Last Fall Larry acquired Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Grenache, Primitivo and Petite Sirah all from local Clarksburg vineyards. The Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Grenache Rose was bottled early Spring and will be released through late Spring and Summer. The Chenin Blanc (which just won a Silver at the CA State Fair) and Chardonnay are developing well and are expected to be at the top of their class. The Rose will be unique and command attention. One good way to assure a chance to acquire these releases when they become available is to join the Club de Vin. www.rendez-vouswinery.com
There’s a healthy helping of tropical fruit in the Rendez-vous Chardonnay, with pineapple, peach and mango dominating. There’s also a little residual sweetness in the wine. The Rendez-vous does see oak, but it’s in harmony with the cream, vanilla and butter-covered popcorn, and is easily balanced with the fruit. Finishes long.
Food Pairings for Rendez-Vous Chardonnay Clarksburg
Crystal,sparkling straw color; vanilla, oak tropical fruit and buttery in the nose; buttery vanilla oak, tropical fruit, mango with a hint of pineapple in the mouth with a long, smooth, soft and well balanced finish.
Aged 4 months in French Oak.
Notes: 4 months in toasted new french oak