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2011 Castello di Amorosa Chardonnay "Reserve - Bien Nacido Vineyard"

Winery: Castello di Amorosa

Vintage: 2011

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Reserve - Bien Nacido Vineyard"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Region: Santa Barbara County

State or country: CA

Price: $38

Cases produced: 1,344

KWG Score: 89.5 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: October 27, 2013

Wine Review: This pale yellow colored Chardonnay opens with an attractive pear bouquet with a hint of oak and On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, creamy and rich. The flavor profile is a mild lemon butter with nicely integrated vanilla oak. I also detected a hint of Bosc pear. The finish is dry and its flavors are nicely prolonged. I would pair this very nice traditional styled California Chardonnay with chicken cordon bleu. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: Ripe and fruity wine, with tangerine and flowery orange blossom complemented by exotic pear, fig, and honeydew melon aromas and a creamy, toasty oak bouquet. Silky and mouth-filling, this is an impressive style of concentration and intense flavors of tropical fruit, peach and hazelnut that are harmonious and provide a delicious, lingering aftertaste.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Castello di Amorosa 2011 Reserve Bien Nacido Chardonnay.

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