2011 Kalinda "Unoaked" Anderson Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1125909

Over the years, my palate has changed considerably. At first I wanted big, in-your-face, rich Chardonnays; now I drink crisp, vibrant Sauvignon Blancs, mostly from the Loire Valley of France. Sancerre is my favorite. When I tasted this beauty, I thought, 'Now I can really drink this wine on a regular basis.' Not only is it vibrant, lively, crisp and focused, it is also very affordable for a daily white wine. Some of my favorite Chardonnays have come from the Anderson Valley and we have had several Kalinda labels from well-known wineries in this cool region. Here is my poolside sipper for guests who like Chardonnay or any dry white wine. This wine has a floral nose and great acid balance on the palate. Where else can you find good California Chardonnay for such a low price? We were only able to buy fewer than 200 cases of this wine, and I expect it will sell quickly. I am a 90 pointer on this. Serve it alone or with a seafood or chicken course. It is meant to consume within two years. (Clyde Beffa)

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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.

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- 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.


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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gew├╝rztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.