Searching for the ever elusive California Chardonnay
that is "Burgundian" in style and without cloying oak, we hosted a private tasting last week with Nickel & Nickel's Director of Product Development. (Nickel & Nickel was founded by Far Niente with the mission of producing exclusively single vineyard wines.)
Time and time again we have been told by wineries that "this year" the wines are balanced. "This year" the oak is moderate. "This year" the wines taste like a white Burgundy. So we put Nickel & Nickel to the test and were more than pleasantly surprised.
We tasted several of their Chardonnays that day and werehuge fans of two different vineyards with two very different styles, but the clear stand out for us was the Medina Vineyard. The coastal influence, cool, foggy weather produces temperatures that allow the grapes from the Medina Vineyard to slowly develop to full ripeness, while retaining perfect balance. Morning fog keeps the vineyards cool, creating a truly ideal atmosphere for phenomenal, crisp development.
The 2006 Medina Chardonnay has lovely fruit that is complemented by subtle floral notes. Flavors of peach and tangerine are layered with a minerality that continues with layers of oak that is very subtle and inviting. The naturally crisp acidity adds a liveliness to the palate, enhancing the fruit flavors carrying them through into a long, persistent finish.
Undertones of the finest white Burgundies are complimented by notes of lemon blossoms and white peaches. This Chardonnay has a refreshing, pure style. Pair with lobster, shrimp, and chicken. Enjoy!Read More »