If a wine is named Cupcake Chardonnay, then it better be good!
Over the holidays, my friends Michelle and LaRoy gave me this bottle of wine. If you are a Chardonnay person, then this is a GREAT everyday white. It has classic Chardonnay characteristics, but not too much of anything. Just yummy all around! A nice treat.
Appellation: Central Coast, California
Winemaker’s Tasting Notes:
“We work hard to bring you the biggest, richest Chardonnay from California’s desirable Central Coast, where the sundrenched grapes create full and elegantly-textured wines. Decadent levels of butter, cream, bright citrus and vanilla melt into a balance of oak and subtle spice. In other words: Delicious.”
Food Pairing Recommendations:
Serve chilled with crab cakes, seared Ahi tuna on waffle crackers or fresh-baked French bread and cheese.
The Chardonnay was crafted to emphasize the Central Coast’s crisp and vibrant Chardonnay character. A malolactic fermentation was used and then left the wine sur lie to create a wine that is both rich, full, creamy, toasty, and soft.
Premium Fermentation Techniques
Barrel Fermentation — By using this process of fermentation it created a more controlled environment for the wine where the flavors become more harmonized. It also enhanced the golden Chardonnay colors, adds a creamy texture, and provided subtle toasty oak and spice flavors to the finished wine.
Malolactic Fermentation — This process, where the malic acid was altered by natural means into lactic acid, reduces the wine’s acidity and imparts a buttery, rich flavor to the wine.
Aging Technique — Aged for 9 months in premium American oak barrels added richness and complexity to the wine.Source: http://www.cupcakevineyard.com/wines/whites/chardonnay/