Friday, November 18, 2011

Wine Review: Landers Jenkins Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay, spirit hawk

This wine is a straw color. The nose is very fragrant with ripe juicy tropical notes. Aromas of apricots, peaches, citrus, and a hint of pear. The palate's flavors mirrored the nose; with an addition of a full mouth feel, but yet still had a nice amount of crispness and acidity. There is a hint of oak integrated with the ripe fruit flavors, but it did not overpower the ripe juicy flavors of the fruit. The finish was filled with those citrus notes and a hint of oak. This wine would pair well with seafood, especially grilled shrimp, crab cakes, and grilled fish. It would also pair well with chicken and light cheeses. This wine is also great to sip alone as an aperitif.

I would also pair this wine with a bruschetta ( a thin slice of baguette that has been lightly brushed with Ecco Extra Virgin Olive Oil and placed in the oven for about five minutes or so) topped with a thin icing of fig preserves, fresh goat cheese, a few drops of reduced balsamic vinegar, a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and crumbled fried prosciutto or thinly sliced prosciutto.  Note: This wine and olive oil was a sample provided by the Rutherford Wine Company for my review. SRP $15.00

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