Cru’s 2011 Appellation Series Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay earned a Gold Medal at the San Diego International Wine Competition, and for good reason. The wine highlights the quality and unique characteristics of a single vineyard and appellation. More importantly, it’s delicious. Made from hand-picked fruit and barrel fermented, this mature Chardonnay offers an enticing nose of green apple, tangerine, melon and freshly baked bread. It displays an excellent balance of fruit and refreshing acidity in the mouth, and requires only a few minutes of aeration to reveal plenty of white peach, fig, and melon flavors – all wrapped in a subtle patina of oak. The gentle minerality of the Santa Lucia Highlands also comes through in this wine, which only adds to its overall appeal. Enjoy Cru’s 2011 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay now with a moderate chill (40°-45° F).
What is most impressive about Ken Post’s Appellation Series Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay is how well it complements food, especially poultry, pasta, and rich seafood dishes. As a mature Chardonnay with the just the right touch of oak ageing, it provides the perfect foil to simply prepared foods as well as complex sauces. Grilled Sea Bass prepared with a red pepper beurre blanc and served over creamy tarragon infused polenta makes an excellent companion to this Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay. Grilled Shrimp served in a roasted red pepper and thyme sauce over risotto provides another fine accompaniment. Mushroom Caps, stuffed with crabmeat and topped with an herb and prosciutto cream sauce, get two thumbs up as well. Veal Portofino, tender veal scaloppini sautéed in butter, mushrooms, sage, shallots, artichokes and cream, as well as Pasta Primavera or other creamy vegetable laden pasta make good companions to Cru’s prized Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay. If you prefer to savor Ken Post’s premier Chardonnay as an aperitif, a plate of Muenster cheese and Bosc pear will only enhance the pleasure. Enjoy!
Cru specializes in the production of single vineyard Chardonnays from top Chardonnay producing appellations. Drawing from vineyards in Arroyo Seco and the Santa Lucia Highlands, winemaker Ken Post crafts exceptional California Chardonnays.
Cru’s Appellation Series Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay (this month’s feature) hails from the Paraiso Home Ranch Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Paraiso Home Ranch Vineyard is owned and farmed by the Smith Family and is planted to one distinct clone of Chardonnay, Clone 96, a favorite of winemaker Ken Post. Paraiso Vineyards was the first vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands to earn California’s Sustainability in Practice (SIP) certification in 2008. Taste and see the difference.
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