About This Wine
It was a hot summer day in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County.
But inside the Green Meadow cellar, it was quite cool — perfect for aging wine in French oak barrels. The spicy aroma was enticing, and our wine finder couldn’t wait to taste the still-young wine evolving in those barrels.
It’s safe to say that a majority of California’s wineries make Chardonnay. But this one promised to be different, because the Chardonnay grapes had been grown in three ideally situated Russian River Valley vineyards. The vintner arrived with a wine thief — a tube-like device used to draw wine from barrels — in hand.
The Chardonnay was swirled in a glass, revealing sweet aromas of red apple and pear. Then it was tasted, its fruit impressions joined by notes of vanilla, coconut and toasty oak. The wine had lived up to expectations. It was a perfect day in the Russian River Valley — outside and inside.
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:100% Chardonnay
- Grape Source:3 Vineyards in Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
- Aromas & Flavors:Apple, Pear, Vanilla, Coconut and Toasty Oak
- Aging Vessels:French Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2013
- Food Pairing Suggestionchicken, fish or veal dishes.
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
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 RecipeRoasted 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