California White

2008 Miner Napa Valley Chardonnay – Wild Yeast (natural fermented) 

A beautiful, sharp golden straw color. Aromas of apple, oak, and spices (nutmeg). Full bodied, smooth with a harmonious balance between the richness of the Chardonnay fruit and oak flavors. A pleasant, almost liquored taste of under-ripe melon and spiced apple opens up immediately on the palette, then rolls easily off the tongue, leaving a lovely, persistent finish that grows in complexity until the next sip, even a minute afterwards. Amazing how balanced this wine is with all that’s going on here! A perfect wine for a summer lunch in Cesenatico, with ripe garden tomatoes prosciutto and melon, bread with fresh ricotta goat cheese… and a solid ocean breeze that made drinking the whole bottle quite easy!

Youtube video of Dave MIner tasting this wine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z58Xe_x6ZAM

A link to the winery website: http://minerwines.com/

Merryvale Chardonnay Carneros 2008.  A hard-to-find wine unless you order directly from the winery in California, a few bottles turned up in a local store, much to my pleasure. I had been introduced to this producer by a good friend but ony tasted their reds until now… The grapes are hand sorted, whole bunch pressed, and then spends 7 months on the lees and nine months in French oak. Held for three years prior to release, the result is a mature and unique wine, 100% Chardonnay at 14.5% alcohol.

The nose has a buttery lemon aroma with some solid weight behind the ripe fruit, a dinstinctive nose or apples with a nice, singular oak dimension, yet not out of balance. The taste is very intense and weighted, meant for sipping and enjoying as it has a good alcohol content which adds to the voluptuous body, a mercurious blend of liquored fruits – apple and pear with toasted almonds. A very nice finish, not overly complex, but so full of good fruit with a sensible approach to depth. The oak doesn’t detract from the natural goodness of this wine which seems amplified only slightly by human hands. In an empty glass, a piquant touch of sauternes lingers gracefully.

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