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Estancia Chardonnay 750ml

Product Details:

Critic Score
92/100
User Rating
4.7 Stars
Alcohol %
14.0%
Size
750ml
Region
Monterey County, USA
Critic Scores & User Ratings are based on an aggregated international Global Wine Score (GWS).
Estancia Chardonnay 750ml - Item Code: 06422

Discover Estancia Chardonnay 750ml:

Discover this Estancia Chardonnay and get it delivered to your door. Estancia Reserve Chardonnay 1999 is made from of the best lots from our Pinnacles Vineyard. It has tropical fruit aromas and tastes that are distinctive of Monterey’s cold environment. Fresh Chardonnay depth, length, and a sumptuously rich mouthfeel are achieved by barrel fermentation and sur lie maturation.

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Critical Acclaim

92
Wilfred Wong
The Brea story is pretty simple. Broc Cellars Winemaker/Owner Chris Brockway combined with Tim Elenteny—the libations master behind TE Imports—to bring wines to the market that are, in their own words, "site-specific, terroir-driven, and sustainably-farmed." The 2016 Brea Wine Chardonnay from the La Estancia Vineyard is a prime example of their excellent work. TASTING NOTES: This wine is pure, pert, and dynamic. A touch of wood and creaminess pleasingly accents its aromas and flavors of bright apples and lively minerality. Pair its crisp finish with Dungeness crab in drawn sweet organic butter. (Tasted: September 25, 2018, San Francisco, CA)

Discover Chardonnay Wines

Chardonnay is a white wine grape variety with green skin that is utilized in the manufacture of white wine. The grape variety was developed in the Burgundy wine area of eastern France, but it is now planted all over the world, from England to New Zealand, where wine is made. Growing Chardonnay is seen as a "rite of passage" and an easy way to get into the worldwide wine market for new and expanding wine areas.

The Chardonnay grape itself is flavorless, with many of the notes that are popularly associated with the wine acquired from factors such as terroir and oak aging. It is vinified in a variety of styles, ranging from the lean, crisply mineral wines of Chablis, France, to the oaky, tropical fruit-flavored wines of the New World. With a medium to light body, prominent acidity, and flavors of green plum, apple, and pear, Chardonnay wines produced in chilly regions (such as Chablis and the Carneros AVA of California) tend to be medium to light in body with obvious acidity and notes of green plum, apple, and pear. Temperature-dependent flavors (such as those found in the Adelaide Hills and Mornington Peninsula in Australia, as well as the Gisborne and Marlborough region of New Zealand) become more prominent in warmer climates, while in extremely warm climates (such as the Central Coast AVA of California), fig and tropical fruit notes such as banana and mango become more prominent. Wines that have undergone malolactic fermentation feature softer acidity and fruit aromas, as well as a buttery texture and hints of hazelnut.

Chardonnay is a key component of numerous sparkling wines across the world, notably Champagne and Franciacorta in Italy, which are both made from the grape.

The popularity of Chardonnay reached its zenith in the late 1980s, only to be followed by a backlash among wine aficionados who considered the grape as a major negative component of the globalization of wine. With 210,000 hectares (520,000 acres) of land under cultivation globally, it is the second most extensively planted white wine grape variety after Airén, and the fifth most extensively planted of all wine grape kinds.

Chardonnay is a versatile grape that can be used to produce practically every type of wine, from dry still wines to sparkling wines to sweet late harvest wines and even botrytized wines (though its susceptibility to other less favorable rot makes these wines rarer). The usage of malolactic fermentation and the amount of oak influence utilized in the production of a Chardonnay wine are the two winemaking decisions that have the most impact on the ultimate outcome of a Chardonnay wine. Malolactic fermentation (also known as MLF) occurs when the harsher malic acid is changed into the softer lactic acid and diacetyl, which results in the characteristic ""buttery-ness"" associated with particular Chardonnay varietals. The wines that do not go through MLF will have more green (unripe) apple tastes than those that do go through MLF. Oak can be incorporated during the fermentation process or after the fermentation process in the form of barrel aging. Depending on the quantity of charring that was applied to the wood, this might impart a "tastiness" and tastes to the wine that many wine consumers mistake for characteristics of the grape variety itself. Caramel, cream, smoke, spice, coconut, cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla are just a few of the tastes that may be found.

About the Producer: Estancia Estates

Estancia Estates is a Monterey-based wine producer that produces wines from several California wineries (American Wine Zone). The wine portfolio is divided into three levels, led by Reserva da Estância. The flagship of this wine is Lodi Reserve Meritage, which includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and sometimes other Bordeaux grape varieties. Other wines in the collection include Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from County Monterey and Merlot from the Central Coast. Estancia Estate grows grapes from a variety of other AVA and sub-regions throughout California, most notably Paso Robles, Monterey County, Santa Lucia Highlands and Lodi. The winery uses whole bunches of fermentation, delicate pastes and fermentation in barrels to ensure the retention of phenolic compounds and other aromatic compounds throughout the winemaking process. The company was founded in 1986 by Augustine Unius (current owner of Quintessa and others). when he bought Paul Masson's vineyard in Soledad and Pinnacles Vineyard in Monterey. Another 700 acres (280 ha) were added to Paso Robles in 1999. In 2021, Estancia Estate was acquired by E&J Gallo.

Review Highlights - Estancia Chardonnay 750ml

4.7 / 5
185 Total reviews
91% Would order again
  1. ggteixeira Verified Buyer

    It’s no secret that I love this! I always have a bottle or 2 at home for those occasions or just because.

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