2012 Evening Land Arroyo Grande Valley Chardonnay (Previously $30)

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The advanced age of the Arroyo Grande vines allows them to self-regulate so they rarely require water or other inputs and this is among the last fruit to make its way into our winery each harvest. Once we bring the grapes in, we whole-cluster press the grapes on a slow, extended cycle. We go to barrel with solids and opt for native yeast fermentation, without inoculation, in 100% French oak. The 10% of the oak that is new tends to enhance the breadth of the palate without imparting an overtly oaked or toasty nose. The wines eventually clarify in barrel over 10 months such that only a light polishing before bottle is needed.

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Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2015 | Send Email
Such a great deal! Pure Central Coast ripe pear and apple fruit, laser focus, and a crisp finish. No wonder it sold out so quickly!

Staff Image By: Michael Jordan | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2014 | Send Email
Tally Vineyard fruit. Check. Soshi Moorman, winemaker. Check. 2012 Vintage. Check. The only thing wrong with this wine would be the price you would have to pay. $ 15.99. Check. There isn't a reason in the world not to buy this wine. Apple and pear notes with just hints of citrus, vanilla and cedar. A touch of acidity rounds out the beautiful balance. A fantastic value which we sell out very quickly.

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/24/2014 | Send Email
DEAL ALERT! Seriously if you are a lover of all things Chardonnay you will not want to miss this opportunity. A few weeks back I was presented with the 2012 Evening Land Arroyo Grande Valley Chardonnay and I thought the wine was outstanding. Made by the very popular winemaker Sashi Moorman (Miura, Stolpman, Sandhi, Stolpman) with all the fruit coming from the Talley Vineyards made the wine worth the price of admission, but what was that exactly? When I was told that we could sell this for $15.99 my only question was: “How many cases do you have and can I take them all?” With great richness and tremendous balance there is simply nothing in the world of Chardonnay that we have in stock currently that can rival its quality for the price point. Full of lively notes of golden apples, lime blossom, lemon curd and framed by a lovely streak of vanillin oak with a long woodsy finish that somehow never feels bulky this is a great wine that has a little something for everyone. Don’t miss this deal; it may be the best we’ll get on Chard all year.

Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/24/2014 | Send Email
Unbelievable quality for the price point here. Evening land one of the most esteemed names both here in California and Oregon and now making a name for themselves in France is showing off the fruits of their labor. This is a luscious Chardonnay, packed with creamy texture and ripe baked apple and crunchy bright fruit as well. Nicely balanced with just the right amount of acid to pull the flavors together.

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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.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 13