2012 Croze Chardonnay


The other night Chris prepared a creamy curry chicken, asparagus and hash brown casserole with fresh Meyer lemon and herbs for dinner.  She wanted to pair it with a white wine and asked me to grab a bottle.  I had never paired a curry with a wine so I was up to the task.  I was thinking either a Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, or Chardonnay would be the trick but decide to do a quick Google search to see what other people would suggest.  I was surprised to see many people paired the curry with a sweet Riesling, which is not our favorite but I guess if the curry was really spicy, I could see how it would work.  This dish was not spicy so after reading a few reviews we decided on one of our favorites!  A Croze Chardonnay that was delicious!

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Medium color depth and a straw/gold hue.  The Chardonnay was very clear.

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Moderate aromas, youthful-fruity development with aromas of buttery, creamy, citrus, and lemon.

This Chardonnay was dry and full-bodied with lively acidity.  The tannins were week and soft.  Tasting the Chardonnay I had soft buttery mid-palate flavors and noticed a long finish.

abv: 13.2%

How much: $29.00.  (A great value for such a wonderful wine!)

Region/appellation: Simone Vineyard in the Oak Knoll district.

I really enjoy this style of Chardonnay.  50% of the Chardonnay juice went through second malo-lactic fermentation.  The lees were stirred weekly (called Batonnage) while the wine went through fermentation and malo-lactic fermentation.  Once the fermentation’s were done the wine was re-racked off the lees (dead yeast).

I rated the 2012 Croze Chardonnay four glasses.

Life is to short to drink crappy wine!

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