2018 Au Contraire Chardonnay
2018 Au Contraire Chardonnay, Russian River Valley,California,
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.
Grapes for this Chardonnay are harvested from the heart of Russian River Valley to the western edges of Green Valley bordering Sonoma Coast. This area has an ideal climate with cool nights and lots of fog, which helps to extend the growing season of the region and produce grapes that maintain their natural acidity.
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.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn’t like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.
Russian River Valley, one of the United States’ top-ranked wine regions, is located at the heart of Sonoma County, California. It is one of California’s coolest and foggiest AVAs (particularly in its southern and western portions), and its cool growing season and long, slow ripening period promotes complexity and balance in the wines. As a result, Russian River Valley wines are widely respected, particularly those made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.