2012 Santa Ynez Valley Chardonnay
Chardonnay •Curtis Estate & Kingsley Estate
California: Santa Ynez Valley
Two Steves can't be wrong
Today’s budget-minded Chardonnay delivers a light-hearted and tasty approach to Chardonnay from the unique Santa Ynez AVA, where the Pinot-promoting feature film Sideways was made. This Curtis Winery 2012 Santa Ynez Valley Chardonnay* is a more delicate expression of Santa Ynez Chardonnay than we are used to - and we **love that.
Not as complicated as many a Chardonnay from this region, which makes it a delightfully approachable and very delicious wine that can be paired with a vast array of food choices.
Today’s brightly hewn Chardonnay is recommended for any fan of the varietal.
A super light, pale straw yellow through and through, with only a touch of viscosity as you swirl in the glass.
Floral and delicate on the nose, with almost a Viognier quality to it. Fruit flavors of slightly ripened pear, lychee, and pineapple mingle with creamy vanilla, lemongrass, and a slight minerality.
Light and refreshing on the palate, this wine is brighter than a typical Chardonnay. Rich fruit flavors of green apple, mango, and Anjou pear are joined with hints of orange zest, vanilla bean, and the same minerality that is hinted at in the nose.
More elegant and refined than a traditional Chardonnay, with a crispness and minerality upon the initial sip, this wine fills in and has a beautiful creaminess at the back of the palate.
We would recommend a saffron-spiced crab and avocado salad.
What the Winery Says
Our 2012 Chardonnay opens with lively aromas of tropical fruit, peach and citrus. A creamy, rounded texture offers rich flavors of pineapple, mango, melon and tangerine. Brisk acidity and mineral nuances linger on a full, balanced finish. Recommended pairings include grilled citrus chicken, white fish with lemon butter, and fettuccine with cream sauce.
The grapes were harvested in the early morning hours to maintain cool fruit temperatures for the preservation of fresh flavors and delicate aromatics. The wine was fermented in a combination of stainless steel and French oak to achieve a crisp texture with added dimension and complexity. The wine was aged on the lees for six months to build mouthfeel and textural nuance.
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar Review Pale, green-tinged yellow. Aromas and flavors of melon and peach, with a subtle touch of smokiness building in the glass. Juicy and tightly focused, offering tangy honeydew and green apple flavors and a hint of bitter quinine. Closes slightly warm.
** Steve Heimoff Review** A touch of French oak brings a honeyed, vanilla smokiness to this wine, but the star really is the fruit. It’s rich and forward with pineapples, peaches and mangoes, and made brilliant by crisp acidity. This is a good price for a Chardonnnay of this quality.
- Ernst Storm
- Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, California
- Curtis and Kingsley Estate
- Fruit Composition
- 100% Chardonnay
- 6 months in Stainless and French oak
About the Winery
We live for Rhônes. Why Rhônes? Because they are an alternative to the beaten path. Because they are delicious as well as different. And because they are so perfectly suited to the Santa Ynez Valley, the sun-drenched, fog-kissed place that we call home.
Here, we put down roots as one of California’s first wineries dedicated exclusively to Rhône-style wines. Since then, nothing has changed. We still live for Rhônes.
Our specialties are Syrah, Grenache, Viognier and Roussanne, which we complement with a trio of lively blends. Under the guidance of Winegrower Chuck “Calypso” Carlson and Winemaker Ernst Storm, we craft our wines in a fruit-forward style, with an emphasis on capturing the pure natural flavors of the vineyard and the vintage.
We invite you to uncork our wine or visit our tasting room to discover the Rhône difference for yourself.