Central Coast, California, United States
Alc. 13.5 %
When we think of wines from California, we usually think about Northern California. But, California’s Central Coast is a large AVA which is responsible for producing about 15% of California’s total wine production. The region stretches from Santa Barbara, up to Monterey Bay. While the Central Coast may not boast the same reputation or name recognition as Napa or Sonoma, it happens to produce some very interesting wines which are growing in popularity.
While the Central Coast could probably grow most major grape varieties, it is known for a few specifically: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel. The Central Coast’s most planted grape is Chardonnay, accounting for one half of its total vines. The cool, maritime-influenced climate, along with the fertile and gravelly soils, contribute to Chardonnay’s crisp acidity and citrus flavours. Chardonnay thrives in this region. This wine should be served at 10 C, and can be poured from now until 2022.
Along with subtle scents of crisp Asian pear, there are also notes of citrus blossom, lime, and hints of mint on the nose. With fresh aromas of pineapple and papaya, Naked Chardonnay is summer in a glass.
The palate is packed with juicy flavours of pear, Pink Lady apple, and white peach, and just a slight hint of vanilla. There is a rich but subtle taste of caramel apple that is tempered by a minerality, joined by luscious notes of banana and guava, with a bright acidity and a crisp finish.
Pairing Chardonnay and lobster is truly a match made in heaven. But, this wine would also go nicely with crab cakes or a mild veggie curry.