Curlew Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2014

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Curlew has quite the reputation in Napa and Sonoma Valleys as this distinctive bird loves to eat grapes hanging on the vine. Fortunately, the best grapes were still left to make this special wine. Curlew is the ultimate Chardonnay specialist and this just released 2014 vintage is the very best expression of exceptional Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.
 
91-92 Points - Jonathan H. Newman!
"This wine has ripe fruit with good acidity and is refreshing with a solid finish. Pair with crab cakes, Tilapia in a lemon garlic sauce, macadamia encrusted Halibut, shrimp in a white wine garlic and ginger sauce, or seared scallops."
 
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91-92 - Jonathan H. Newman!

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Unit Size750.00 ML
VarietalChardonnay
Vintage2014
GrapeChardonnay
CountryUnited States
RegionSonoma Coast
Alcohol Content13.90%

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Curlew Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2014
 
 
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Curlew 2014 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Chardonnay
VINTAGE: 2014
GRAPE: Chardonnay
COUNTRY: United States
REGION: Sonoma Coast
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13.90%
POINTS: 91-92
Curlew Vineyards specializes in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and only produces these two varietals. 2014 was a wonderful vintage and this wine is rather delicious. This 100% Chardonnay strikes the perfect balance between tropical and citrus fruit.  It’s clean, crisp and refreshing with a vibrant fruit profile. The taste profile runs the spectrum with white peach, pear, green apple, lemon zest, and white flowers with dollops of tangerine, Asian spice, and key lime. This wine has ripe fruit with good acidity and is refreshing with a solid finish. Pair with crab cakes, Tilapia in a lemon garlic sauce, macadamia encrusted Halibut, shrimp in a white wine garlic and ginger sauce, or seared scallops. This is a micro-production wine with only 800 cases produced annually.


By Curlew Vineyards
Chardonnay Sonoma Coast


Technical Details
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Aged: 1 year in small American oak barrels (35%)
pH: 3.43
Total Acidity: .645
Alcohol: 13.90%

Vineyard Notes
Many of Sonoma County's celebrated cool-climate wines are grown in the breathtaking Sonoma Coast wine region. The Sonoma Coast American Viticulture Area may be Sonoma County’s most enigmatic wine region. From the wild, wind-swept northern coast to the gently rolling hills of the southern dairy land, it spans the county. Much of the county’s most celebrated Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are grown here. Some of California’s highest scoring and most coveted cool-climate style wines are grown in this appellation. It includes about 2,000 vineyard acres. Well known wineries producing Sonoma Coast Chardonnay include Kistler, Kosta Browne, Hirsch, Williams Selyem, Peay, and Marcassin to name a few.

Winemaking Notes
Coming from a text book perfect growing season with an even bloom, warm summer and an early harvest, this Chardonnay comes with great natural acidity, balanced sugars and high concentration of aromas. Following fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, 35% of the wine was aged for one year in small oak barrels with partial malolactic fermentation adding a softness to the wine. The resulting wine is flavorful with bright acidity and just the right amount of oak to give it nice framework.

Tasting Notes
A bouquet of tropical fruit, caramel and toasted oak notes leads to flavors of meyer lemon, pear, green apple and a touch of vanilla. The wine finishes with bright acidity and a pleasant lingering array of flavors.
[Information provided by J.H.N.]
 
 

*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.

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