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2012 Navarro Vineyards Chardonnay "Mendocino"

Navarro 2012 Mendocino Chardonnay

Winery: Navarro Vineyards

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Mendocino"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Mendocino

State or country: CA

Price: $19

Cases produced: 5,577

KWG Score: 89 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: March 14, 2015

Wine Review: This white gold colored Chardonnay is very good. It opens with a fragrant pear bouquet with hints of honey, oak and lemon. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, acidic and crisp. The flavor profile is a pear and oak blend with notes of lemon butter. The finish is dry and its flavors are nicely prolonged. This Chardonnay is food friendly and would pair well with a chicken and wild mushroom ravioli with a light cream sauce. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The grapes were grown in three distinct Mendocino appellations; the Potter Valley fruit has a ripe stone-fruit quality, the Ukiah Valley fruit tastes of spring herbs and apples, and the Anderson Valley fruit, three quarters of the total bottling, has citrus-pear flavors. Rather than fermenting in stainless steel tanks, then filtering a wine squeaky clean, we aged the wine sur lie in oak, so that the wine clarified naturally with a round, polished texture. Spicy Asian pear and citrus flavors are topped off with a bright, lemon-verbena finish.

Organic status: not organic

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