Wine of the Month
WINE OF THE MONTH – wordly chardonnays
May 31 – July 4, 2017
Chardonnay is one of the most diverse and planted white wine grapes in the world (can you guess the #1 most planted white varietal? Answer given below). It is coveted for its rich profile, be it Sonoma or Napa based, to the lean, scintillating Chablis of France and the light-and-zesty Blanc de Blancs Champagne and sparkling wines from around the world. For much of its history, a connection was assumed between Chardonnay and Pinot Noir or Pinot Blanc. In addition to being found in the same region of France for centuries, botanists noted that the leaves of each plant share near-identical shape and structure. Viticulturalists proposed a descendency from Muscat of Alexandria, an “ancient vine” and still one of the oldest genetically unmodified vines still in existence. Just when we think we have the completed link to its lineage, its origins are further obscured by those who claim that the grape’s ancestry can be traced to the Middle East, where it was introduced to Europe by the returning Crusaders. One thing is certain, we have a love affair with this “Queen” of the white grapes due to its abundant aromas and flavors of apple blossom, lemon zest, citrus peel, beeswax, lemon balm, honeysuckle, wet flint, vanilla bean, almond and jasmine, to name but a few. And as a food pairing vehicle, it is an open book where dishes ranging from seafood and shellfish to Asian cuisine will enhance the gourmet experience. In the end, it really comes down to what your palate likes, be it rich and buttery or lean and crisp. As you will see and taste below, there is a Chardonnay for all to enjoy.
Cono Sur Chardonnay – Chile
Reg $8.99 WROM Special $6.99
This South American Chardonnay has a beautiful, pale yellow color with golden hints. Exuberant and bright, this wine conveys refreshing aromas and flavors of citrus and white peaches with a delicious mineral note on the finish. This is a young and fresh wine, very balanced between the fruit and acidity.
Yalumba Chardonnay – Australia
Reg $11.99 WROM Special $9.99
This Down Under beauty opens with aromas of honeysuckle and tropical fruit. There is a touch of complexity from the wild fermentation, just enough to let you know that under the delicious façade is a fun and adventurous wine. The palate is an alluring combination of fresh stone fruit and spices such as white pepper. It finishes with a fresh cleansing line of citrus zest. Bonza!
Drouhin Macon Villages – Burgundy, France
Reg $13.99 WROM Special $11.99
Macon is a large area located in the Southern part of Burgundy, next to the famous Pouilly-Fuissé appellation. The clay and limestone soil of the Jurassic era found in this region is well suited for the Chardonnay grape variety. The grape juice ferments in stainless-steel tanks at low temperature and the bottling is done early in the spring following the harvest. The wine shows bright white flower, apple and citrus aromas and bracing white stone fruit on the palate. It is a perfect accompaniment to full-flavored fish dishes and charcuterie. Or, try it alone as an aperitif. Merveilleux!
Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis – Burgundy, France
Reg $32.99 WROM Special $27.99
A vibrant nose combines Meyer lemon and white stone fruit with a note of brioche. Lean yet rich, there is a distinctly velvety but powerful mineral note here – the refined back end displays lovely lingering notes of lime zest and lemon oil. Ends with a fine, chalky nuance and cleansing acidity.
Ancient Peaks Chardonnay – Paso Robles
Reg $19.99 WROM Special $15.99
This just released gem offers inviting aromas of pear, fig and lime zest with a hint of apple blossom. The palate begins on a creamy note, unfolding with bright flavors of nectarine, white peach and pineapple. Brisk mineral accents and fresh acidity converge on a buoyant, lively finish.
Stags Leap Winery Chardonnay – Napa Valley
Reg $27.99 WROM Special $23.99
Out the gate, aromas of bright lemon citrus, fresh green apple with hints of subtle elderflower fill the glass and pique your interest in this full bodied Chardonnay. On the palate, you’ll find a classic refreshing wine with a vibrancy of citrus and lemon curd while also maintaining a roundness in texture that is balanced. With a nutty hazelnut undertone and spicy white pepper this wine is focused, yet generous in style and maintains freshness due to its acidity. The exotic floral finish creates a Chardonnay of lovely complexity and depth.