About This Wine
On which side of The Great Chardonnay Debate do you fall?
On one side, you have proponents of the rich and buttery style of Chardonnay that took hold in restaurants and lounges across the country during the 1980s. On the other side, you have folks who believe that such practices as malolactic fermentation and oak barrel aging mask the fruit flavors of the variety, resulting in wines that are not true depictions of Chardonnay.
Bodega Mariposa opts to take a “middle of the road” approach with its Chardonnay, which is crafted from grapes grown in several acclaimed growing areas of California. “I like the spice that oak provides,” the Bodega Mariposa winemaker tells us, “but I also like to taste the fruit flavors. So I try to make a rich, spicy wine that still shows a lot of fruit.”
Mission accomplished. We couldn’t do a better job of describing the 2008 Bodega Mariposa Chardonnay... other than to add that it’s mighty tasty.
Relatively easy to grow in a variety of locations. Consistently produces some of the world's great white wines. Complex, full, rich and fruity with soft edges and moderate acidity. Offers rich and intense fruit flavors of apple, fig, melon, pear, peach, pineapple, along with creamy yeast spice, honey, butter and hazelnut flavors.
- Grape Composition:82% Chardonnay and 18% Other White Varieties
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Fuji Apple, Lemongrass, Melon and a Hint of Oak
- When to Drink:Now Through 2011
- Food Pairing Suggestiona veal cutlet, or roasted chicken.
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