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2012 Gloria Ferrer Chardonnay

September 9, 2016 - Norman Bentley
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It is not often that we get a chance to enjoy a mature Chardonnay, since most are consumed in the first two years of their brief lives. The other night we enjoyed a special dinner, so we broke out a four year old Chardonnay which we had been saving for just such an event. It was a bottle of 2012 Gloria Ferrer Carneros Chardonnay which had been a gift from one of our best friends to the Chardonnay Queen.

We paired this wonderful wine with a seafood treat centered on a fillet of fresh red grouper. The grouper was sauced in white wine and garlic, and seared to a golden brown in both butter and olive oil. The fish was accompanied by fresh asparagus and whipped potatoes, and a fresh garden salad. The Chardonnay added to a fantastic taste sensation making our evening quite memorable.

The Gloria Ferrer had a good nose suggesting fresh fruit surrounded by a floral bouquet. The wine swirled with the flavors of pear and a little peach, backed by a buttery vanilla presence leading to a crisp and clean finish. The alcohol content is 13.5%, and Norm's score is 90.

It is a shame that we don't let more wine mature for an extra year or so, since the flavors become more rounded, and the structure is more complex with a smoothness not usually found in younger wines. This wine would be great with almost any seafood dish, but none better than our pan seared grouper,

price : $15 - $19

score: 90

Norm

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