2010 Ceja Vineyard Chardonnay
Chardonnay •Ceja Vineyard
California: Sonoma County: Carneros
We are thrilled to welcome Olabisi Winery back to our pages. Olabisi’s Ted Osborne is maturing as a winemaker and it is a pleasure to have tasted so many successive vintages of his wonderful wines.
Today’s highly recommended Olabisi wine happens to have been made from grapes from another Wine Spies favorite, Ceja Vineyards, whose wines we have happily featured for the last 6+ years. The combination of Olabisi and Ceja is a potent one.
Today’s Olabisi 2010 Ceja Vineyard Chardonnay is a voluptuous wine that is full on the palate and fragrant on the nose. Well-chilled, the wine is bright and fresh. As it warms and breathes, it softens a great deal, taking on a soft and pleasantly viscous feel. Added flavors also emerge is it warms, making the wine even more intriguing.
Enjoy this very food-friendly wine with a wide variety of foods.
Dark golden hues, through and through. At the meniscus, the finest band of glinting gold catches the light. Viscous and full, the wine sticks to the glass wall when swirled.
A plethora of heady, complex aromas rush up to greet you on the nose. Toasty oak barrel character is followed by brioche, caramel and river rock; these in turn are followed by lemon, lemon curd, lime leaf and a very subtle ripe banana aroma.
Orange blossom, pineapple, guava and white tea are the lead notes. As the wine warms, it unpacks caramel, lemon flower, grapefruit and subtle minerals.
The earthy, viscous complexity gives way to caramel, lime leaf, lemon flower and subtle minerals.
We’ll be enjoying this complex wine with a pile of lovely Dungeness crab cakes with saffron aioli.
What the Winery Says
- Ted Osborne
- Whole cluster pressed to barrel, then barrel fermented on wild yeast, full malolactic, no stirring, no racking
- 195 cases
- 12 Months in barrels, 20% new French Oak