2018 Lúuma Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

$21

Perfect for the Chardonnay lover looking to try something a little different than the big, buttery Chardonnay’s they are used too. 

A lovely expression of Chardonnay from the cool Petaluma Gap on the Sonoma Coast. This CA Chard is not overly oaky or buttery. It shows how bright and complex the Chardonnay grape can be when its flavors are not muted by aggressive winemaking practices.

It is refreshing on the palate with flavors of lemon, yellow apple, tropical fruit, marcona almonds, and white flower. Their is still weight and a touch of creaminess to the palate making it still recognizable as California Chardonnay.

Perfect for dinner on the patio and these Ham & Cheese Sliders!

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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.

Sonoma County, California

Unknown to many, Sonoma County located in Northern California is actually bigger than its neighbor, Napa County. Sonoma has a famous gap region, known as the Petaluma Gap, that provides a break in the the coastal ranges and is Sonoma County’s newest AVA. The “Gap” is actually a wind gap named after a coastal mountain opening that stretches east from the Pacific Ocean to the south of the San Pablo Bay. Closest to the Sonoma Coast is the famous Russian River Valley AVA known for its high-quality, elegant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. To the north of the Russian River lies the warmer Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley AVA’s producing a wide range of grape varieties including excellent Zinfandels, Sauvignon Blanc, Rhône varietals (Syrah, Grenache, etc), and Cabernet Sauvignon. Other vineyard areas to watch out for premium wine are Sonoma Coast AVA, Anderson Valley, and Mendocino County. 

Lúuma, was started in 2016 as a joint project between the Mariani’s of Scribe Winery and Matthew Plympton and Tom Hunter of Revel Wine. The project is named after the original name of the Miwok village, Péta Lúuma (Petaluma).

The first wine in the line up, a Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, is farmed and produced by Scribe Winery. In 2018, the second wine was added, a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Oak Knoll region of Napa Valley. It is made by John Harley & AJ Filipelli of INIZI Wines in Healdsburg. The latest addition in 2019 was a Sauvignon Blanc made by Alex Pomerantz of Subject to Change Wine.

All of the wines in the line up are made from organically grown grape with minimal additions or manipulations with the goal of offering a bright, honest, food friendly wines at an every day price.

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