Poe, Manchester Ridge Chardonnay, 2015


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This is a very well balanced Chardonnay. It has some time on used French oak while also retaining nice acidity. On the palate it has some floral hints that are unique for a California Chardonnay.

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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.

Winemaker, Samantha Sheehan of Poe Wines dropped out of Tulane Law School to pursue winemaking in 2009. She named her wine label “Poe” after her literary hero, Edgar Allan Poe. “A raven’s wing is featured on the label, an obvious nod to Poe’s famous story. But a closer inspection of her husband’s design reveals an encrypted code embossed onto the label, a twofer of texture and mystery that references Poe’s weekend job as a cryptographer.” Samantha is now one of the most well-respected winemakers out of Napa pursuing, “French style of winemaking with a California inflection, a balance she describes as “more acidic, fresh and lighter on its feet, but with a certain amount of fruit.”

Weight 2 lbs
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