2007 Scott Family Vineyards "Dijon Clones" Chardonnay Monterey

SKU #1045443

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a very rich Chardonnay marked by creamy, leesy, butter and oak notes that give it an exotic sweetness. But it's bone-dry and the underlying fruit is powerful enough to stand up to all that bling. Just delicious pineapple pear marmalade, creme brulee and spice flavors." (04/09) Part of the Rutherford Wine Company, the Scott Family Estate wines are named for winemaker Steve Rued's grandfather. Made entirely from fruit grown on the winery's estate in Monterey's Arroyo Seco appellation - an area known for its sweeping diurnal temperature swings - and an up-and-coming region for Chardonnay. The 2007 Chardonnay makes you want to bust out your tiki torches and suckling pigs for a tropical feast. Aromas of stone fruits, pineapple, papaya and orange blossoms dance with exotic Tahitian vanilla notes, all of which carry over to the palate. Richly textured, the wine glides across the palate gracefully, but boldly, with good acidic lift to keep all the butter and oak in harmony. Try with goat cheese ravioli or miso glazed black bass.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- 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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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.
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California

- 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.