2011 Unoaked Chardonnay
The next Next Generation
We are very pleased to welcome back an Operative favorite, today. The last time we featured this wine (the 2010 vintage), our Operatives scooped up every last bottle. We waited in eager anticipation for this latest vintage to be available. It was worth the wait.
Today’s 2011 Passagio Unoaked Chardonnay is a light-hearted and very approachable wine, making it a delightful appetizer or solo-sipping wine. In time for your springtime picnics or early evening soirées, this is the sort of wine that you’ll want to have in ample supply. Especially at today’s fantastic price.
One of the lightest Chardonnays we’ve ever seen, with very pale straw yellow hues. The edges glint in the light when swirled.
Bright and fresh, with quince and mixed light citrus including Meyer lemon.
Jasmine flower, delicate pineapple, lemon rind, subtle savory herbs, underripe white peach and underripe pear.
Tart and lighthearted, recalling the delicate flavors of pineapple and lemon experienced at the first sip.
Serve this lighter wine on the patio, with an assortment of light cheeses or strawberries and fresh whipped cream.
What the Winery Says
If you have never had a glass of Passaggio 2011 Unoaked Chardonnay, you are in for a treat. Fermented and aged in stainless steel, this clean, crisp Chardonnay really showcases the amazing-quality grapes from which it is made. Its brilliant pale straw color precedes luscious flavors of melon, mango and lemon lime, with robust minerality on the nose. The clean, lingering finish presents layers of citrus, lemon lime, hints of stone fruit, all beautifully-balanced with mineral notes.
This beauty pairs well with most seafood and chicken dishes. Go ahead and enjoy a bottle today with friends and family…Cheers!
- Cindy Cosco
- Recommended Cellaring
- 0-4 yrs
About the Winery
Passaggio artisan wines are hand crafted to bring you a new generation of fruit forward, terroir driven, food friendly wines. Owner and Winemaker Cindy Cosco followed her passion to continue her family’s winemaking tradition.
“I believe something magical happens when you bring wonderful friends, awesome food and great wines together.”
Winemaker Cindy Cosco
Four generations ago my family embarked on a journey from Italy to America. Here they blended their heritage into their new surroundings, keeping the Italian winemaking traditions alive.
In 2004, I pursued that passion and family tradition of winemaking. You will find my wines handcrafted with passion, rooted in my heritage, and made as part of my continual journey. I love watching each new year unfold as each harvest brings forth it’s beauty that ends up in your glass.
I began working part time for Bevmo in Albany and was able to get a temp job for the 2004 harvest at Chateau St Jean. I was hired on full time after harvest as a wine chemist in the lab. I was able to take enology classes at Napa Valley College and soon was promoted to Wine Chemist II.
In 2007 I attended the Crushpad custom crush facility open house and, after talking to the head winemaker, was soon hired on as the Lab Manager. During my time with Crushpad I added Pinot Grigio, a Rosé , and Pinot Noir to the Passaggio brand.
Crushpad moved to Napa in 2010 and I was promoted to Winemaker. I was responsible for all the white wine making and the lab as well. In 2011, Crushpad moved to Sonoma and I decided that it was time to dedicate myself to building the Passaggio brand, so in 2012 I moved my production to DogPatch Wine Works in San Francisco.
And now, I am very proud to present the opening of the Passaggio Wines Tasting Room in Sonoma where you can relax in a beautiful space and enjoy awesome wines while meeting some wonderful people.