2013 Vinum Cellars Chardonnay "Monterey"
Winery: Vinum Cellars
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Monterey"
Wine Category: Chardonnay
Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay
Region: Monterey County
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 3,500
KWG Score: 87 (based on 2 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (87)
Review date: March 28, 2016
Wine Review: This pale straw colored entry level Chardonnay from Vinum opens with a pear and Werther's Original candy bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly acidic and juicy. The flavor profile is an oak infused pear with notes of butterscotch. The finish is dry and its flavors linger for a bit. This Chard would pair well with chicken cordon bleu. Enjoy – Ken
Winemaker Notes: This complex coastal Chardonnay is medium straw colored and has a tropical profile, with integrated spice and creamy French oak notes. The aromas displayed are citrusy with Meyer lemon and kumquat and backed with jasmine and clove spices. On the palate, the wine becomes more creamy due to malolactic fermentation in French oak which takes the citrusy notes and softens them a bit, adding lychee and white cherry notes. This wine makes a fine aperitif wine, but really shines with grilled line caught King Salmon or Halibut, or New England lobster.
Organic status: not organic
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