PICK for the HOLIDAYS: Rombauer Vineyards | Chardonnay | Carneros AVA | California | 2013 | $35 | 92 pts

RombauerIf you are in search of a white wine that will surely impress your guests over the holidays, try this opulent Chardonnay from Napa Valley’s Rombauer Vineyards. Rombauer sources the fruit for this wine from the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA), where the southern edges of the Sonoma and Napa valleys join the cool and breezy San Pablo Bay north of San Francisco. Chardonnay grown in the Carneros region is revered for intense fruit flavors balanced by fresh acidity, and Rombauer’s 2013 rendition deliciously exemplifies these qualities. It is rich with aromas of honeysuckle, macadamia nut, peach blossom, and shortbread; follows with juicy flavors of peach nectar, banana cream, and vanilla bean; and finishes with pinches of white pepper and cardamom over a long, silken finish. The wine is full-bodied and honeyed on the palate, with mouth-watering acidity that imposes some poise and structure on the lavish flavors. It is moderately oaked, having spent nine months in American and French oak barrels (1/3 new), and will neither disappoint fans of bold California Chardonnay nor offend those who prefer a leaner Burgundian style. Serve it with roasted turkey, potatoes au gratin, Cornish game hen, and any variety of festive and flavorful holiday fare. This is a succulent white wine that will adorn your holiday table to everyone’s sensory delight.

 

Availability: Rombauer Vineyards distributes its Carneros Chardonnay nationwide, so inquire with your favorite wine merchant as to availability. For more information on this wine or other Rombauer bottlings, visit the winery virtually at www.rombauer.com.

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