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A Chardonnay to welcome spring

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Winter is finally on its last legs. Green shoots of grass are sprouting, robins are singing, days are longer and the snow has (for the most part) left. Isn’t it appropriate that a wine mirror this seasonal splendor?

If you’re new to Chardonnay, you need to try Joseph Carr Dijon Clone Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. If you’re a veteran of the grape, you should also give it a try.

Why? Because this wine is both cheap and fulfilling, giving you more of a reason to celebrate the arrival of almost spring weather.

Winemaker Joseph Carr says that he chose to take a different direction with his Chardonnay production, choosing estate vineyards as a grape source and migrating to a traditional full-blown French style. He uses 100% French barrel selections and separated lots by their individual Dijon clones. An interesting note here is that the wine was barrel fermented and aged sur lies (on the yeast) with full malolactic fermentation. This means he has produced a balanced and luscious chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast region. Plus, it is delicious.

In California, it’s usually a cinch to get fruit this ripe and tropical, and easy to plaster on lots of new oak. What’s hard is to fuse the elements seamlessly. This wine does, offering waves of Chardonnay opulence in a traditional full-blown French style.

We like this happy and sunny clear yellow wine. The aromas showcase green apples, vanilla, butter, lemon tart, a touch of apricot and green pepper. There are light notes of oak and yeasty brioche peeking out from behind the luscious fruit.

Fresh citrus and tropical fruit flavors meld with green apple and pear to blend smoothly with delicate buttercream, lemon tart, brioche, butterscotch, almond, caramel and a hint of vanilla. Aged on the lees in new French oak for eight months, the wine also has oaky smoke vanilla flavors. This is definitely one supple Chardonnay.

It has a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an elegant, finely-balanced, mineral-accented finish. This is a classy Californian in a very Burgundian style and it will be perfect for any meal. This is one wine you can’t afford to pass up!

You can find this wine at Circus Wines/Spirits Unlimited, 835 State Highway 35,
Middletown, NJ 07748.

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