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2010 Donati Family Sorelle per Sempre Central Coast Unoaked Chardonnay

Donati Family Vineyards produced their first wines from the 2003 vintage. Much of the fruit comes from their own vineyard in the Paicines AVA which the Donati’s purchased in 1998. That AVA is in the northeastern San Benito County lowlands where it’s cooled at night by sea air rushing inland toward the Central Valley. In addition to Chardonnay, Donati Family grows Pinot Blanc, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.

2010-donati-chardThe Donati Family Vineyards tasting room is well-located in Templeton (south Paso Robles) very near the Cypher and Turley tasting rooms. It is open to the public every day, from 10am to 5pm. Templeton is a much more convenient spot for wine tasting than Paicines which is deep in farm country.

The 2010 Donati Family Sorelle per Sempre Unoaked Chardonnay is a good food wine. It is, of course, unoaked. It also avoids the excessive ripeness, sweetness and viscosity. The nose offers an attractive spectrum of fruit — green apple, pineapple and canned pear — and pretty white blossoms. The palate is dry and medium-plus in body with a smooth approach but gentle, lingering acidity. Pear flavors gradually give way to peach pit and grapefruit pith. It will be perfect for tajine-cooked chicken with green olives and preserved lemon, but will do just fine with creamy cheeses or green salads. Recommended.

2010 Donati Family Sorelle per Sempre Central Coast Unoaked Chardonnay
Rating: Recommended
Drink: Now through 2013
Bottling Date: September 26, 2011
Closure: Screwtop
Production: 1006 cases
Retail Price: $16.00

Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Origin: 100% Central Coast
Fermentation: Stainless steel
Aging: Stainless steel
Alcohol: 14.2%

The wine above was received as a sample from the winery.

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