2008 Lucky Star California Chardonnay

SKU #1054392

One of the Wine Spectator's "Best Values": "Fresh, clean and vibrant, with tasty pear, melon, citrus and spice flavors that are full-bodied, ending with a rich aftertaste. Very impressive. Drink now." (06/10) Even with all the stars aligned, good wine does not happen by accident. A lot of hard work, dedication and inspiration when into this duo of more-than-fairly-priced wines. Grapes for this wine were harvested during cooler night and morning hours to highlight the crisp, balanced fruit flavors. After crushing, the must was fermented for up to twelve days in stainless steel tanks at around 60 degrees Fahrenheit with Burgundian yeasts. A portion of the blend went through malolactic fermentation, adding a rich component to the wine. A splash of Sauvignon Blanc was added for aromatic, floral notes and complexity. Ripe golden apple and Anjou pear flavors are balanced by citrus notes and a smooth, creamy finish. The wine would be a heavenly match with smoked chicken salad with apples and walnuts, four-cheese pizza or calamari fritti.

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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, Mācon, 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.