2010 Clos Pegase "Mitsuko's Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay

SKU #1110152 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* Enormously ripe and rich-this is honeyed, with citrus and tropical fruit flavors. It's creamy, too, with a butterscotch accent. The magic comes on the finish with a swirl of acidity and dry mineral. Decadent but never cloying, this defines the ripe California style.  (9/ 2012)

Wine Spectator

 Fresh and vibrant, with pithy white peach, nectarine, peach pit and spicy floral scents. Still raw in texture. Drink now through 2016.  (7/ 2012)

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By: Bryan Brick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/22/2012  | Send Email
I can't tell you how refreshing it is when an established winery consistently cranks out high quality wines. Clos Pegase is one of those wineries, especially over the last 4-5 years, that really is starting to come back into their own. By purchasing a 50 acre vineyard back in 1983, Jan Shrem and his wife Mitsuko began Clos Pegase. Throughout the 90's the wines of Clos Pegase were some of the most well known and sought after in Napa. Times change and so do trends and with those ebbs and flows come ups and downs for every winery. However, I can only think of a handful of truly large wineries that are doing as well as Clos Pegase right now. Case in point is this Mitsuko's Chardonnay. With its nicely weighted nose packed with aromas of peaches and cream, tangerine and a coriander highlight this is wildly alluring. Fleshy and filling in the mouth this creamy textured Chard is sure to please with its round, seamless flavors of baked apple, Clementine and lychee and the toasty edges it wears with pride. With a surprisingly long finish for a $20 Chardonnay this is the whole package.

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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.
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.
Sub-Region:

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:

Carneros

- Just across the Golden Gate from San Francisco, Carneros is kept cool by Bay breezes and thick fog, and has long been famous for cool-climate pinot noir, chardonnay and sparkling wine based on the two varietals. Warmer pockets have proved interesting and promising homes for syrah, cabernet and merlot.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5