Featured Chardonnay- De Loach July/August 2017

 

DeLoach

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Reg. $11.99 Sale $9.99 by Charlie Master

In 1975, Cecil de Loach took an early retirement from the San Francisco Fire Department and made winemaking his full time profession. Six years earlier, he and his wife Christine had purchased their property in the Russian River Valley. Their 24 acre property was planted to Zinfandel dating back to 1905. Two years later they bought another 27 acre vineyard and that is where the winery sits today. Over the following 29 years, Cecil and his wife became famous for their vineyard designated Zinfandels, and Russian River Chardonnays, Cabernets, and Pinot Noirs.

In 2004, Cecil and Christine finally really retired, selling the family business to another winemaking family; The Boisset family from Burgundy, France.

Jean-Charles Boisset has spent the last 11 years completely restoring the vineyards to organic and bio-dynamic viticulture. While still creating outstanding Zinfandels, the family directed their focus to the various micro-climates of the region, and varietals that thrive in those vineyards. Over the years, their Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs developed a burgundian flare.

Wine maker Brian Maloney chose to ferment this Chardonnay in stainless steel to preserve it’s natural crispness. Prior to bottling, small amounts of the same Chardonnay barrel-fermented, was blended in. Maloney felt this would add texture to the wine while not interfering with the fruit-forward nature of the wine.

The resulting wine has a nose of orange blossoms, and rich creamy honeydew melon in the mouth accompanied with tropical notes of pineapple. The finish is nice and crisp, with a bright acidity and a lingering finish.

This is sure to delight your senses in the summertime heat, and enhance light cuisine.

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