About This Wine
Is California Chardonnay experiencing an identity crisis?
That question came up during a meeting of our tasting panel, when more than six dozen bottles of Chardonnay from the Golden State were uncorked or unscrewed. The main thing that panel members noticed was that there was no uniformity of style.
Now, some (including us) would consider that a positive development. In recent years, California vintners were widely criticized for seemingly seeking to emulate the style of Chardonnay that Kendall-Jackson has made so popular — with just a hint of sweetness on the palate.
Frankly, if we had to choose between a single style and a range of styles, we’d opt for the range every time. For their 2011 California Chardonnay, the winemaking team at El Tiburon embraced a style that emphasizes the fruit and downplays the role of oak. If this wine represents a “crisis,” we hope that crisis isn’t solved anytime soon.
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:Chardonnay and Other White Varieties
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Red Apple, Ripe Pear, and a Hint of Butterscotch
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels and Stainless Steel Tanks
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestionpork chops, or chicken and dumplings.
27 recipes match for this wine.
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