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2011 El Tiburon Cellars California Chardonnay

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This medium-bodied wine offers notes of red apple, ripe pear and a hint of butterscotch.

Varietal: Chardonnay Vintage: 2011
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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.

About Chardonnay

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.

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  • 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.

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  • Herb Crusted Tuna Steaks This recipe is extremely versatile, matching well with most white and lighter red wines. It makes 4 servings. Get The Recipe
    Linguine With Chicken And Pesto Pasta is not strictly a red wine dish. It all depends on the preparation, and this particular pasta creation matches beautifully with Chardonnay. It serves 4. Get The Recipe
    Asparagus & Morel Salad Summertime is salad time, and any of your favorite white wines would be great matches for this recipe, courtesy of Masa's restaurant in San Francisco. It serves 4. Get The Recipe
    Lemon Dill Chicken Enjoy this flavorful recipe with Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. It serves up to 4 people, depending on your appetites... 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
  • Shrimp & Peppers Over Fettucine A delicious spring entree. Shrimp and Peppers over Fettuccine. This recipe makes 2 servings, and is best enjoyed with a glass of white wine... Get The Recipe
    Grilled Lemon Basil Shrimp Get your hands on 16 skewers, each measuring 10 inches long, and enjoy this tasty treat with Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. It makes 4 servings. Get The Recipe
    Spaghettini Aglio Olio Enjoy this easy-to-prepare dish (the recipe makes 6 servings) with any wine you enjoy with garlic-flavored food. SPAGHETTINI AGLIO OLIO Get The Recipe
    Insalata Di Radicchio Y Pere Try this recipe, which serves 4, with any Chardonnay exhibiting apple and/or pear flavors... Get The Recipe
    Chilled Zucchini Soup With White Truffle Oil A rich soup calls for a rich wine, and no white wine is richer than an oak-aged Chardonnay. This recipe, from The Casual Vineyard Table, makes 4 servings. Chilled Zucchini Soup With White Truffle Oil Get The Recipe
  • Fettuccine With Chanterelles Try this wonderful dish, which serves 4, with Pinot Gris or Chardonnay - and make it with the very same wine (see ingredient list). Get The Recipe
    Sauteed Trout SAUTEED TROUT This recipe from the Hanover Inn in Hanover, New Hampshire, serves two, and matches beautifully with Chardonnay. Ingredients - 2 Rainbow, Brook or Brown trout, 12- to 16-oz. each - 2 cups oatmeal... Get The Recipe
    Smoked Salmon Penne Pasta In a world of "anything goes" food-and-wine pairing, we're always on the lookout for recipes that match well with either white or red wines. This is one such recipe, and it makes two servings... Get The Recipe
    Pan Seared Scallops With Ginger Sauce Try this palate-awakening dish with Gewurztraminer, Riesling or a non-oaked Chardonnay. This recipe makes 4 servings. Get The Recipe
    The Perfect Potatoes With the holidays on the horizon, several ACWC members have asked us for recipes to accompany main dishes such as turkey or ham. Here's one we love - and it can even be a meal in itself, served with a glass of Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. It makes 6 to 8 servings... Get The Recipe
  • Shrimp Scampi Made Easy Looking for an easy-to-prepare, yet amazingly flavorful, main dish? This one takes just 10 minutes to prepare, serves 4 to 6, and matches beautifully with Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. Get The Recipe
    Chicken Piccata One of our favorite wine recipes-- try it yourself with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio or a white blend... Get The Recipe
    Pasta With Scallop And Wine Sauce A light dish for a lazy summer meal, this recipe makes 4 servings and matches beautifully with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay or white blends... Get The Recipe
    Lemony Lamb Chops Here's a versatile dish that matches well with red Bordeaux or Merlot, yet also can be enjoyed with white wines because of its lemon-flavored sauce. It makes 4 servings... Get The Recipe
    Tuscan Style Roasted Game Hens If you're looking for a change from turkey or ham this holiday season, try this easy-to-prepare dish that matches well with both white and red wines. It serves 6... Get The Recipe
  • Turkey Soup With Wild Rice And Mushrooms This wintertime favorite matches beautifully with Chardonnay, Bordeaux Blanc, Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio. It makes about 12 servings. Get The Recipe
    Grenoble Style Salmon This recipe, which matches beautifully with Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, makes 4 servings... 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 Recipe
    Scallops With Caramelized Onions The sweetness of the onions makes this dish a great match for an oak-aged Chardonnay. It also pairs nicely with Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. This recipe makes 4 servings. Get The Recipe
    Chicken Breasts With Wine Sauce Enjoy this delicious main dish with Sauvignon Blanc (a.k.a. Fume Blanc) or Chardonnay. It makes 4 to 6 servings. Get The Recipe
  • Fettuccine Alfredo Try this recipe - a flavorful change of pace from the typical Alfredo sauce - with Pietra Santa's "Sasso Bianco," or any other medium-bodied to full-flavored white wine. It serves 6 to 8... 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
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