Emelia’s Cuvée Chardonnay
Russian River Valley
90 pts Wine Advocate. Named for Don Carano’s paternal grandmother, Emelia Ferrari, the 2015 Emelia’s Cuvée Chardonnay is from a single vineyard in Russian River Valley. We think Emelia would have been very proud of this delicious Chardonnay.
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Aromas & Flavors
This Chardonnay is a delicious wine with aromas of cinnamon, toasted apricot and pear, followed by flavors of white peaches, nutmeg, brown sugar and marshmallow. An elegant, smooth, toasty oak finish characterizes this lovely wine.
Emelia’s Cuvée pairs perfectly with seafood and poultry entrees, as well as salads with tropical fruit-based dressings. Light pastas, rice and vegetable dishes also marry well.
How It's Made
This Chardonnay is hand harvested, whole-cluster pressed, cold settled for 24 hours in stainless steel tanks, and then moved directly to barrels for fermentation in select French oak with native and cultured yeasts. Aged separately by lot, this wine completes 90 percent malolactic fermentation and is sur lie aged and stirred weekly for nine months until blending. The final blend was assembled in May, 2016, and barreled down to neutral oak until bottling, for a total of 17 months of barrel aging.
2015 marked another early year and a fast growing season. We began our fourth year of drought conditions, however, the rainfall totals were closer to normal than they had been the previous several years. The growing season started early, with bud break as early as mid-February in some vineyards. Temperatures stayed cool through spring, but warm weather in July and August allowed fruit to mature and ripen. The last white grapes were picked on September 17, 2015.
Scallops with Saffron Cream Sauce and Apple Corn Compote
A delicious creamy saffron sauce with the added sweetness of a simple apple corn compote top off tasty sea scallops. Finish with fresh basil for an elegant meal.
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