Monday, December 29, 2008

2007 Calera Central Coast Chardonnay

Although Josh Jensen's Calera Wine Company is known primarily for its distinctive, mineral Pinot Noir grown in his estate vineyards in the Mount Harlan AVA, the winery also purchases fruit from other areas. The 2007 Central Coast Chardonnay includes grapes from seven different vineyards in three counties. Over 40% comes from Santa Clara County (San Felipe, Kellner & Besson vineyards), just over 30% from Monterey county (Scheid, Lone Oak and SMD) and 27% from Santa Barbara County (Los Alamos).

The wine comes sealed with a glass stopper; I've heard of these but hadn't seen one until now. It's a piece of solid glass shaped like a T, with a plastic ring at the top of the T. The stopper pulls out fairly easily provided your hands aren't too greasy; unlike traditional stoppers made from plastic and cork there's no ridges to grip onto.

Very light in colour, there's notes of vanilla and apple pie on the nose. The palate shows sweet apples and a caramel/butterscotch note. The acidity is reasonable and the oak isn't obtrusive. It retails for $16 at the winery, but I've seen it in a couple of local retailers for $11 - at that price it's a very good value.