About This Wine
Welcome to a little bit of culinary heaven from Hill Haven.
Wines made from the Chardonnay grape, such as this featured bottling from Hill Haven, are best served slightly chilled. Because it lacks the acid of Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling, it’s not a particularly inspired match for seafood. But if you’re serving chicken, or a dish that includes a good amount of butter or a cream sauce, Hill Haven Chardonnay is tough to beat.
Part of the 2008 cuvee spent a few months in oak barrels, which lent a nice toasty note to the aroma and flavor spectrum. And because the Hill Haven vintner opted to blend small amounts of several other varieties into the cuvee, the finished wine is quite complex.
“I like to blend because it enables me to come up with a finished product that’s perfectly balanced in its aroma, flavor, acid and balance,” the Hill Haven vintner tells us. “And it’s that balance that makes it so good with so many foods.”
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:77% Chardonnay and 23% Other White Varieties
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Apple, Pear, Lemongrass, Melon and Baked Grains
- Aging Vessels:Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2011
- Food Pairing Suggestionchicken dishes, or pasta with a rich cream sauce.
Portuguese Style Roasted Pork Rare is the recipe that matches equally well with red wines and white wines. This is such a recipe. We came across it while doing research on the wines that will be included in an upcoming club shipment from The World of Wines -featuring the wines of Portugal. The recipe makes 6 servings. And if you'd like to learn more about The World of Wine, click on the Get The Recipe
Old World Rosemary Chicken With Chardonnay This recipe comes from our friends at Belvedere Vineyards & Winery in the Sonoma County town of Healdsburg. It matches wonderfully with Chardonnay, and we've enjoyed it with Chenin Blanc as well. Use it as the main entree for a special meal, or any meal. Get The Recipe
Roasted Garlic Scampi With Minced Prosciutto If you're a white wine drinker, here's another recipe that gets its flavor, in part, from garlic: Roasted Garlic Scampi With Minced Prosciutto. Begin by roasting some garlic in foil with olive oil for about an hour, and set it aside. Dice a quarter-cup of Prosciutto and saute with four tablespoons of olive oil and some minced shallots for about 15... Get The Recipe