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Alondra Chardonnay Middleridge Ranch Vineyard 2010

Alondra Chardonnay Middleridge Ranch Vineyard 2010

750ML    
Sku: P58622

Rob Perkins and John Lancaster of famed Boulevard restaurant sourced this from Middleridge Ranch in

Wine maker notes
Chardonnay is one varietal that can excel in a variety of different elevage regimes. visit Chablis and you won't see much oak. In Pulighny-Montrachet you will see plenty of barrels and plenty of new barrels. there are so many factors involved in that 'do you or don't you' decision it is difficult to list them all. What is clear is that Chardonnay is very malleable, and putting a high percentage of new oak on it clearly alters the outcome. Our plan, being in California, has always been to pass on the oak and look for pristine Chardonnay characters in the juice. We believe this philosophy is most successful with our vineyard. Back in 2005 when we first produced our un-oaked Chardonnay, there was only a handful of winemakers treating Chardonnay that way in California. You remember how it was, right? Give me oak, give me butter and then add some more. That just isn't our genre. Now the un-oaked Chardonnay category is getting to be a crowded house. Hate to say I told you so, but there is evidence... Middleridge Ranch supplies the fruit and we eschew the oak. Think less is more, because sometimes it actually is.

Penetrating aromas of green apple, lemon custard and subtle tropical fruits of guava and melon. The palate is sleek and detailed, with just enough flesh and mid-palate presence for pinpoint balance with the natural acidity. The fruit gains momentum into an expansive finish, while remaining graceful and elegant.


Technical notes
Middleridge Ranch lies in a north to south valley just cast of Hopland and the Russian River in Mendocino County. With warm days and cool nights, it is an excellent microclimate to grow Chardonnay grapes. This sweet spot of the vineyard was picked at first light on September 6 under ideal conditions. Vinification here remains the same: no oak or malolactic fermentation. The goal remains the same as well, to produce California Chardonnay without heaviness, that delivers aromatic complexity and fruit profile in a clean format.

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I am bred from restaurant stock so I love to find winemakers who come from a similar background. John Lancaster and Robert Perkins both hail from the wine program at the famed Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco—John was wine director and Robert the sommelier. Alondra (Spanish for skylark) is part of their Skylark portfolio, which includes a number of other wines, notably reds with a Rhône influence.
- William Léonard-Lee, 67Wine Buyer

Food pairing
This would pair beautifully with chilled seafood salad, like grilled squid and green papaya with peppers and mint. Not necessarily too spicy, but if you want to amp up the heat, go right ahead. Try it as well with mussels. One of my favorite recipes comes from Cambodia, a mussel, asian basil and sweet pepper mix (I like the Leah Cha recipe from Longteine De Monteiro of the Elephant Walk Cookbook), which works wonders when served with this wine. 
- William Léonard-Lee, 67Wine Buyer

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