Benziger’s Carneros Chardonnay is made from organically grown fruit from one block in the Sangiacomo Vineyard, near Sonoma Creek. the grapes were night-harvested, and after vinification the wine aged ten months in French oak, 25 percent new. It went through full malolactic. Its fragrance is lactic, tropical, citrusy, and the palate is a little bitter Good body and length accentuate flavors of citrus, cream, and rubbed sage. I’d like to age a bottle or two. Right now try it with roasted chicken or pork, grilled salmon or ocean trout, macaroni and cheese. Or pair it with a mixed cheese plate featuring cow’s milk cheeses, from young to aged.
2017 Benziger Reserve Chardonnay Los Carneros
14.1% abv | $30 (sample)