2018 Au Contraire Chardonnay Reserve Mighty Mouse
2018 Au Contraire Chardonnay Reserve Mighty Mouse Gold with green tints. On the nose, pronounced lemon citrus core with tree fruits of pear and crisp apple lined with a floral note of jasmine. Citrus and tree fruits are complemented by a hint of brioche and toast on the palate.The creaminess but refreshing acidity of this Chardonnay makes it a great pairing for shellfish, roasted chicken, pasta in cream sauce and zesty grilled vegetable dishes. For a delicious cocktail hour, pair with mild cheeses.
WE90 Wine Enthusiast; This is a steely, intensely flavored wine, with elements of vanilla oak and layers of stone fruit, green apple and mango. It offers good value and well-integrated acidity.
Chardonnay is the world’s most famous white-wine grape and also one of the most widely planted. Although the most highly regarded expressions of the variety are those from Burgundy and California, many high-quality examples are made in Italy, Australia, New Zealand and parts of South America. Describing the flavors of Chardonnay is not easy. While many Chardonnay wines have high aromatic complexity, this is usually due to winemaking techniques (particularly the use of oak) rather than the variety’s intrinsic qualities.
Sonoma County, California, is one of the most important winegrowing regions in the whole of the United States. Vines have been planted here since the 1850s and, apart from the inevitable hiatus brought about by Prohibition, the county’s relationship with wine has been prolific and unbroken.Viticulturally speaking, Sonoma County is divided into three distinct sections: Sonoma Valley, Northern Sonoma and Sonoma Coast. Each of these has its own AVA title and encompasses several sub-AVAs within its boundaries.
The Au Contraire range of wines comes from top vineyards in appellations known for their stellar style and quality, including the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Sonoma Coast. Au Contraire Chardonnay is harvested from the heart of Russian River Valley to the western edges of Green Valley bordering Sonoma Coast.