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Wine Review-2017 Gallivant Chardonnay

Do you ever fall in love with a song then listen to it on repeat until you're over it? That’s what I do with wine. I went through a heavy chard phase in my mid 20s. I was like, “bring on the buttery oaky!” Then I grew tired of it. So I was a little hesitant when trying this 2017 Gallivant Chardonnay. To my surprise it was so SMOOTH and DELICIOUS. At first the wine slightly hits you with its aromatic oakyness. But the taste is a sweet butterscotch and vanilla with a long finish. Whoa.

This wine comes from a Vineyard in Monterey, California. The cool climate in the Central Coast region allows for a long growing season helping the grapes slowly ripen. The grapes in this wine were hand picked from old vines and aged for 8 months in French oak barrels.

I would pair this wine with a creamy truffle risotto.

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Did you know Chardonnay is the most popular wine grape in the world? And it’s related to Pinot Noir? Chardonnay is a cross breed between Pinot Noir and Gouais Blanc and originated in the Burgundy, France region. There are 2 different types of Chardonnay: Oaked and Unoaked.

Oaked Chardonnay has a creamy, rich, full-bodied taste. They are aged in oak barrels for a period of time with a medium-low acidity profile. Typically the flavors are vanilla, praline, and butter. This creamy, smooth "buttery" flavor is a result of the wine making method called malolactic fermentation. This process turns tart malic acid in wine and converts it to a creamier lactic acid similar to that found in milk. A special bacteria is used to "eat" the malic acid and convert it to lactic acid resulting in an oily velvety texture.

Un-oaked Chardonnay is aged in stainless steel barrels. Flavors are typically more fruity such as lemon, pear, and yellow apple. Acidity is generally medium-high. The un-oaked version originated in the Chablis, France region and is more popularized in Old World wines while the oaky version is typically more New World. Un-oaked Chardonnay's are actually much cheaper because the oak used to age the wine is quite expensive.


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