2009 Trinitas Chardonnay

Year: 2009
Appellation: Carneros
Country: USA - California
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.3%
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"Do you like subtle, clean, stainless steel Chardonnay? If so do not buy this wine. On the other hand, if you are like me and prefer the rich, oaky, barrel fermented version, Trinitas has yet another fantastic value with their 2009 vintage Chardonnay from Carneros. Carneros, which spans Napa and Sonoma on Napa’s southwest side, is to Chardonnay what Oakville is to Cabernet. In a word (or three)- the perfect climate. The cooler climate created by the maritime influence of San Palo Bay is perfect for growing Chardonnay grapes and this AVA tends to produce the most expensive Chardonnay coming out of Napa and Sonoma.

This wine has a complexity rarely found in a $20 Chardonnay. The toasty oak in which this wine was aged makes for a fragrant, smokey nose and a rich buttery texture. The complexity of this wine is serious. It reminds me of a cross between Rombauer and Beringer Private Reserve, which is putting this $20 wine in pretty esteemed company. Trinitas has a history of making some fantastic values. Their Oakville Cabernet for $25 is awesome, and this Chardonnay is equally as good.

2009 is looking like another 2007 quality vintage for California. We are really lucky to have only one or two less than stellar vintages per decade in this state. Go to France and you have to turn that equation on it’s head- they have only one or two great vintage per decade. Watch for more great values emerging from 2009 as more wineries release their whites this year and their reds in the next two years." (Nickel and Dime)

Winery Notes:
The Wine
Our famous Trinitas "Butterscotch Bomb" is a perfect marriage of high-quality fruit and American wood barrels: The toast on the barrels is prominent, giving a "crème Brule" character to the nose. Underneath the toast, you get the intense tropical fruit – pear, peach, lemon zest and citrus. The rich mid-palate, explodes with cinnamon toast, cream and butterscotch – which is a contribution to the length of time spent in the Oak Barrels. In its own way, it's as bold and expressive as a Cabernet. It's got so much presence it can easily pass as an aperitif or carefully matched with food just as rich – perhaps pounded veal cutlets, an Italian risotto, or plump-cooked chicken breasts in a cream sauce.

The Winemaking
This wine is a blend of Carneros vineyards. It is cold barrel fermented at 46-48°F which helps capture and enhance the tropical fruit aromas and aged in 100% New American Oak for 9 months. Our distinctive Chardonnay completes 100% malo-lactic fermentation furthering its balance of ripeness, forward fruit and crisp acidity allowing the wine great aging potential.

The Vineyard
Chardonnay from the Carneros region ranks among the finest in California. Due to its ideal location along the San Pablo Bay, the Carneros appellation is recognized for producing grapes of great intensity, balance and natural acidity. Cool, foggy mornings and moderately warm days provide the perfect growing conditions.

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