2003 Clos du Bois Calcaire Chardonnay - Printable Version

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- wondersofwine - 10-17-2006

Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA

I liked this at the Pinehurst Wine and Food Festival and bought a bottle to take home.

14.5% alcohol
Medium straw color. Pear and kiwi fruit on the nose. Fruit and a touch of creamy vanilla on the palate. Also a touch of white pepper spice. I paired it with fried chicken one night and chicken enchiladas another night. Crisp enough to pair with Dungeness crab or other shellfish.
Back label indicates the wine blends from the best vineyards in cool-climate area with sufficient hangtime to ripen the grapes while retaining acidity. Barrel fermented and sur lie aged for 9 months in French oak barrels. Back label further describes it thusly: "This year's Calcaire is aromatic and flavorful with fresh apple blossom, pear, citrus and a touch of spice. The wine has a creamy and silky texture, complete with a long finish. This wine will continue to develop additional complexity with extended bottle age." I would recommend this as a "non-flabby" and appealing California Chard.