93 Points, Gold Medal - Beverage Testing Institute
As we develop deeper relationships with high quality producers in California who are turning out great wines at great prices, certain wineries jump out as consistently delivering incredible value across a range of wines. One of these is certainly the second label produced by Azari Vineyards Estate, where they turn out stellar wines.
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Some of the most renowned examples of Chardonnay are sourced from small vineyards along the Sonoma Coast. This exceptional version is made by the Azari Vineyards Estate under their Corkscrew label. Enjoy the same quality at nearly half of what you would pay for their flagship brand.
The 2014 Corkscrew Estate Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is light gold in color with aromas of roasted nuts, grilled apples, pineapple, brown butter, delicate spice with a satiny dry, yet fruity palate. A lush medium to full body texture, with caramelized citrus, vanilla toffee, delicate spice, and generous oak on the finish.
This is Big Chardonnay with lots of tangy fruit, complimentary spice, and a nice toasty oak finish. Enjoy with cream soups, rich seafood, fowl, veal and pasta dishes.
VARIETAL: 100% Chardonnay
APPELLATION: Sonoma Coast, Petaluma Gap
SUGAR AT HARVEST: 23 degrees Brix average
AGING COOPERAGE: 10 months, 30% new French oak
ALCOHOL: 13.7% by volume
WINERY RETAIL: $30 per 750ml bottle
Corkscrew wine currently sources all of its fruit from a single estate in the soon-to-be Petaluma Gap Appellation (currently known as Sonoma Coast).
Please visit the Azari Vineyards website if you'd like to learn more about the estate and set up a time for visits.
Learn more at www.drinkcorkscrew.com.