2009 Il Cuore "The Heart" Chardonnay

Year: 2009
Appellation: Mendocino County
Country: USA - California
White Wine
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Blend: 95% Chardonnay 5% Viognier

Winery Notes:
IL CUORE (eel quarry) translates to “The Heart” from Italian, the language of romance. The name is also the title of the original watercolor by Dan Rizzie featured on our label. IL CUORE is a fitting tribute to the Italian immi- grants who first planted the North Coast of California to vines in the nineteenth century.

IL CUORE Chardonnay is produced from grapes grown exclusively in the cool coastal region of Mendocino County, the viticultural “heart” of California. Vineyards in this region invoke Chardonnays that are fresh with apple and pear flavors, complemented by floral nuances in the bouquet. This vintage blend includes five percent Viognier to enhance tropical fruit aromas and add flavor complexity on the palate.

The fresh, graceful style of IL CUORE Chardonnay results from cold fermentation in small stainless steel vessels and small components of barrel fermentation in mostly neutral small oak cooperage. The gentle use of oak in our winemaking offers versatility with a wide range of foods.

IL CUORE Chardonnay is recommended with fish, shellfish, crab cakes, game birds, light pasta, vegetarian casserole and mildly spicy Asian cuisine.

The original art for IL CUORE was created by Dan Rizzie, whose bold cubistic paintings are in the permanent collections of both The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. The label design celebrates the moderate daily consumption of wine as part of a healthy and passionate lifestyle.