About This Wine
One region, two microclimates, three vineyards.
That’s the “1-2-3” story of Orbit’s 2010 Chardonnay from Sonoma County. The region within that county that provided the fruit for this bottling is the Russian River Valley, which has gained a widespread reputation for top-quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
And the Russian River microclimates within which the three contributing vineyards are situated are Green Valley and the Russian River plains. Green Valley is the cooler of the two, and the fruit from each area contributes unique aromas and flavors to the finished cuvee.
By using malolactic fermentation for a little less than a third of the blend, the Orbit vintner sought to “round out the edges” of the wine, while maintaining the crispness for which Russian River Valley Chardonnay is known. And by aging a portion of the cuvee in French oak barrels, the finished product is quite complex — delicious by itself, or a sublime companion to food.
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:Russian River Valley Area of Sonoma County, Calif.
- Aromas & Flavors:Butterscotch, Baked Apple Crisp, Coconut, Toast, Assorted Nuts & Butter
- Aging Vessels:French Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2015
- Food Pairing Suggestionpasta with a white cream sauce.
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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
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