Thursday, August 14, 2014

Angeline Reserve Chardonnay

Angeline Reserve Chardonnay 2012
Mendocino, California

Are you looking for a moderately priced California chard with some of those buttery toasty notes? Well, I found it for you. The Angeline Chardonnay is the entry level offering from noted Russian River Valley producer Martin Ray. It's easy drinking and delicious with those classic California Chardonnay characteristics -- without being a butter bomb. Love.

Review: This golden colored Chard has a nose full of lemon peel, fresh pineapple, white flowers and a touch of pastry cream. On the palate it is dry with surprisingly brightly acidity and a round body. It has flavors of ripe yellow peaches, slight oaky notes of clove and nutmeg and a hint of buttered toast. 

Made from fruit grown in California's cooler North Coast, the wine is aged partly in stainless steel and partly in French Oak barrels. It also undergoes a partial malolactic fermentation (where tart green apple like malic acid is converted into soft buttery lactic acid). The restraint shown in both techniques makes for my kind of Chardonnay.  

Food Pairing: This wine has a balance of creaminess and brightness that makes it ideal for virtually any pairing. Personally, I will be drinking mine with a grilled cheese sandwich! 

Bottom Line: A fine example of a modern California Chardonnay. I dig it.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2012
  • PLACE: Mendocino AVA (American Viticultural Area)
  • GRAPE: Chardonnay
  • BOOZE: 13.9%
  • CELLAR: Drink now

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? Mid Priced

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