2017 Firestorm (Relief Wines) North Coast Chardonnay (Previously $20)

SKU #1410051

About Relief Wines: Relief Wines is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which aims to meet the needs of others through the magic of wine. We partner with organizations to release thoughtfully-created wines, full of individuality and quality you can taste. And, we partner with you to join our love for wine and community to make a difference. Together, we raise awareness and support compassionate causes that improve our communities. Whenever you enjoy a wine from Relief Wines, the proceeds go to the cause of the special Relief Wine you’ve ordered. Firestorm is the Waughs’ response to the 2017 fires in Napa Valley and throughout California. Ryan and Crystal Waugh fought the fire at their own winery and a neighboring one. Today, while the fires may be out, California is still rebuilding vineyards, buildings, and homes. Proceeds from this wine go directly to Habitat For Humanity. Firestorm Wine proceeds benefit Napa and Sonoma’s rebuilding efforts and disaster preparedness education. Winemaker's Notes: "Elegant and expressive with bright fruit character, creaminess with intense fruit and crisp acidity. The 2017 Firestorm North Coast Chardonnay aged sur lie in barrel and tank for enhanced complexity, flavor and texture. The feel of the wine is creamy and rich with a full palate of mouth-watering acidity. With its wonderfully long finish this wine screams for happy hour with friends or some great seafood or a rich sauce over a savory meat dish. Enjoy!"

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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.


- 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.
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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).