2016 32 Winds Napa Valley Chardonnay

$38

This voluptuous Chardonnay has a balanced weight without the heaviness. Complex and age-worthy, full of captivating texture with a sublime lift of freshness throughout. Golden delicious apples, white peaches and lemon curd with a hint of guava.

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Chardonnay

As one of the most popular grapes for growing and consuming, Chardonnay can be made in a wide range of styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. These styles can vary from a sparkling Blanc de Blanc, or fresh fermented in stainless steel, to rich and creamy white wine aged in oak barrels. While Chardonnay can flourish in many environments, in its homeland of Burgundy it can produce some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. Whereas from California it can produce both oaky, buttery styles as well as leaner, European-inspired wines. A Somm secret: the Burguny subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style with high levels of acidity. Most people who do not like oaky/buttery Chardonnay may likely enjoy Chablis.

Notable regions for this grape include Burgundy (and Chablis) in France, Central Coast, Napa, and Sonoma in CA, and Western Australia.

When pairing with meals, consider the characteristics, flavors, and acidity of your food first. You always want to try to match the same characteristics and intensities with your wine. No brainer pairing options include seafood, salads, and white meat. Chardonnay, with its vast versatility, is everyone’s best friend.

Napa Valley, California

Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon is “King.”  The valley itself in Northern California is not very big, but it is home to some of the most expensive and prestigious vineyards in California. Napa is separated from Sonoma and Central Coast by two sets mountain ranges: the Mayacamas Mountains to the west and the Vaca Mountains to the east. Being in a valley, this region can heat up pretty quickly. However, there are cooling influences like fog and ocean breezes from the San Pablo Bay that help to moderate the temperature within the valley. With more heat comes more concentrated, fuller-bodied wines, making this the perfect place for Cabernet Sauvignon. Other primary red grapes of focus are Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc. The principal white varieties to look for here are Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. You may also find Pinot Noir in the more southerly area of Los Carneros AVA where it can get cool enough to produce high-quality Pinot Noir. Featured AVA’s include Howell Mountain, Calistoga, St. Helena, Mount Veeder, Los Carneros, Stags Leap District, Oakville, and Rutherford. 

“Represented by the symbol of a navigational wind rose, 32 Winds began as owner Ed Mascarin set out on a journey. Born and raised in a farming region of Central California, Ed is the 3rd generation of vineyard managers and winery workers in his large Italian family. In pursuit of a dream to return to his roots, Ed, together with his daughter Mia, brought this vision to life, creating some of the finest wines from legendary Sonoma County and Napa Valley.

Winemaker Matt Taylor, an invaluable addition to the small family-owned operation, oversees the vineyards and vinification. Taylor’s impressive career spans the globe and includes wineries Domain Dujac and Araujo. His knowledge of winemaking and vineyards are the perfect fit to build on 32 Wind’s vision.

Quality, individual growth, friendship, and good times are all cultivated at our foundation. We take this to heart with the vinification of our beautiful wines, the shared experiences that surround them, and the friendships they forge. These values, along with our stewardship of the land, are at our core.

We produce approximately 2,500 cases per year of award-winning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel. Our hand-selected vineyards are located in the AVA’s of Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, Napa Valley, and Dry Creek Valley.”

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