Lush and seductive, Thomas Patrick 2010 California Chardonnay provides a glass-by-glass demonstration of why Chardonnay is known as the queen of white wines. Chardonnay grapes love Californiaís Mediterranean climate of mild wet winters and summers with weeks of sustained sun, and good Chardonnays are produced throughout the state. We sourced our grapes from well-established blocks in specific cooler microclimates within the Central Valley AVA, where ocean breezes funneled from San Francisco Bay, low elevations, and alluvial soil provide the ideal environment for producing limited quantities of world-class wines, including our regal Chardonnay.
This queen wears the crown very well, showing a creamy texture and balanced flavors of lemon drop, butterscotch and red apple. Finishes in fine form, with lingering hints of tropical fruits. While itís perfect for special occasions, weíve observed that any occasion can be made more special with a glass or two of this lovely, luscious wine.
There is a good reason why early California vintners planted the hot inland valleys with Old World red varietals: they discovered early on that the regionís intensely sunny summer days, blissfully cooler summer nights, and mild winters produced grapes that consistently delivered the characteristic qualities of their type.
Our big, bold Lot 2 Winemakerís Blend showcases both the intense fruit flavors for which the area has long been noted, and the art of selecting varietals for their specific characteristics, then blending them to create a wine that is a unique expression of the regionís terroir. Well-structured and frankly delicious, Lot 2 delivers vibrant, balanced flavors of wild cherry and ripe raspberry with hints of cinnamon and clove in an opulent, ink-dark pour. Try it with an organic steak, vegan tempeh BBQ, or on its own. Be sure to hold it up to the light, and then toast your friends, your family, and the wisdom of generations of winemakers.