2006 Chasseur "Green Acres Hill" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

SKU #1050231

94 points and two stars from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "If somewhat reluctant when first poured, this still nascent effort unfolds in the glass with straightforward apple and pear fruit to start before adding in rich and layered notes of creme brulee, pear nectar, brioche and hints of roasted nuts. The wine is full on the palate and beautifully balanced and echoes its aromatic beginnings with candied and pulpy fruit flavors whose depth and range come with airing. Be sure to allow this special effort a few years to fill out; it has plenty of room to grow and is certain to reward a bit of patience." (10/08) 90 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright yellow. Floral honey, poached pear and peach on the nose, with baking spices and minerals adding vivacity. Vibrant tangerine and pear in the mouth, lifted by zesty minerality. The honey note returns on the finish, which is broad, gently sweet and long. This is drinking well right now." (May/June '09) From Wine Spectator: "Shows a distinct leesy, minerally edge, keeping the ripe pear, green apple and spicy floral scents fresh and lively. Drink now through 2011. 191 cases made." (11/08) ETA: This wine is due in the first week of Sept 2009.

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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, M‚con, 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.
Country:

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.
Specific Appellation:

Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).