2009 Vina Robles Monterey Chardonnay

SKU #1068790

92 points and an "Editors' Choice" designation from Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "Just when this Chard seems simple and sweet, the fruit is overtaken by acidity and minerality, taking the tangerine, lime and mango flavors to the next level and making the wine complex and fascinating. Shows how exceptional winemaking can result in exceptional wine." (3/1/2011) Monterey County might just be the go-to appellation for drinkers looking for a classic California Chardonnay, but with just a little more acidity and minerality than you find in wines from warmer sites a little further north. The Vina Robles has sweet pineapple and peach aromas, with a buttery-leesy palate with an extra dash of acid zing, like Key lime pie.

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2011 | Send Email
Viña Robles has been cranking out consistently delicious, value driven wines over the last three or four vintages, and this intensely flavored Chard is no exception. Produced from purchased fruit from Monterey County, this wine has both the richness and the acidity that the region is known for. With forward aromas of toasty oak, sweet butter cream and fresh milled corn, this comes off as being another of those full weight, winemaker heavy Chards. But much to the contrary, while this continues to develop rich, coating flavors and a fleshy intensity, it really brightens up on the mid-palate with a broad streak of citrusy acidity and vibrant flavors of Bosc pear and lime blossom. Perfect for someone that likes their Chards heavy and rich but with honest fruit flavors.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Monterey/Carmel Valley

- These heavily planted regions on either side of the vast Salinas Valley account for much of the mass-produced, commercial wine sold in supermarkets nationwide. In the hills, however, and in sub-AVAs like Chalone and Santa Lucia Highlands, quality is much higher. Pinot noir and chardonnay look to be particularly promising.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.2