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2010 Frostwatch Chardonnay Bennett Valley Sonoma County

Frostwatch is a small, family owned-and operated vineyard in Bennett Valley. They produce Chardonnay, a white Bordeaux-varietal blend called Kismet (which I’ve reviewed previously), Pinot Noir and Merlot from that AVA. The Sonoma in the City tasting ended before I could taste the Chardonnay, but one of Frostwatch’s friendly neighbors made sure I left with a bottle to try at home. This review is based on that bottle

The 2010 Frostwatch Chardonnay is a little bit foggy in the glass because the wine is fined but not filtered. The elegant nose offers yellow apple, candle wax, pear, baking spice and a little wood. It’s also a wine of excellent tension and gentle complexity on the palate, nearly full-bodied and juicy with moderately drying talc-like texture. Flavors include apple, pear, baking spice, wood and a hint of cream. Medium-plus finish. A very enjoyable wine with or without food. Drink now through 2016. Highly Recommended.

2010 Frostwatch Chardonnay Bennett Valley Sonoma County

Rating: Highly Recommended

Drink: now through 2016
Release Date: March 1, 2013

Closure: Cork
Production: 175 cases
Retail Price: $30.00

Winemaker: Brett Raven

Origin: Frostwatch estate vineyard, Bennett Valley AVA, Sonoma County
Fermentation: native yeast in Burgundian barrels for primary and malolactic fermentations
Aging: 17 months in French oak, 28% new
Alcohol: 14.1%

Service Recommendations

Decanting: Not required

Temperature: 50º - 54º F

Food Pairings: roast chicken, spaghetti alla carbonara

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