2012 CORLEY RESERVE Estate Grown Chardonnay 750mL

2012 CORLEY RESERVE Estate Grown Chardonnay 750mL

Rich & Classy Chardonnay

Wine Enthusiast: 90 points

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  • Very expressive aromas of lemon meringue, banana, figs and cream, nicely laced with sweet vanilla oak. The palate is richly textured and has a nice full mouthfeel while maintaining a vibrant acidity. Ripe flavors of fig, fresh apricot and pear, which tend towards apples and citrus on the finish.

    Wine Profile
    Tasting Notes
    This wine has wonderful aromas. It starts with hints of honey and crème brulee, then follows with hints of pear and ripe tropical fruits. The aromas are intertwined with a nice thread of light vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is rich and full-bodied. The texture of the wine is very rich while still maintaining a nice balance across the palate. The flavors are ripe and tropical. The wine expresses mango, fig and pear flavors. The finish is long and lingering. Drink Now through 2018. -Winemaker, Chris Corley
    Production Notes
    As the 2012 season developed, we could see that it was going to be a special year. We were particularly excited about the extra hang time with our Chardonnay. The extra time on the vine allowed for the development of some fantastic flavors and aromas to develop. We had a higher yield than normal in 2012, but this worked to our advantage. Because of the larger crop, the sugars accumulated more slowly, so we had the wonderful combination of fully ripe fruit with lower than normal brix. We selected a section of Clone 95 in Block 6 on the Home Ranch Vineyard from which to craft our Reserve Chardonnay. The fruit was wonderful. The subsequent 100% Barrel Fermentation and 100% Malolactic Fermentation brought out all of the greatness of the vintage in this wine. It is truly sunshine to wine.
    Food Pairing Notes
    Grilled Chicken, Creamy Pasta Dishes, Flakey Fish
  • Wine Specs
    Oak Knoll District
    Vineyard Designation
    Estate Grown
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