2012 Monterey County Estate Grown Chardonnay
Chardonnay •Riverview Vineyard
California: Monterey County
We adore the wines of Scheid and today’s is particularly special.
Today’s featured wine is the remarkable Metz Road 2012 Monterey Chardonnay, from Scheid Winery. This wine absolutely kills Rombauer Chardonnay in terms of both quality _and _ value. If you don’t agree, Agent Red will eat his Spy shades.
Seriously, this wine is velvet-smooth and delicious.
We recommend tasting the wine on opening, and then again after about an hour in the air. Also experiment with different drinking temperatures. With these variables, you will find that the wine expresses itself differently, delivering different flavors, textures and even aromatics.
Very fragrant, with baked red apple, pineapple, Granny Smith apple, lemon curd, vanilla, medium toast oak and orange blossom.
On the palate, juicy Braeburn apple, lemon, orange blossom, lime leaf, pineapple, apricot, white peach, lemon curd, vanilla custard, soft oak and a hint of light white pepper.
Enjoy this bright, elegant and delicious wine with a variety of pairing choices. A baked Dijon salmon or chicken kiev would be marvelous - but so would a great many other things! This wine is very food friendly and flexible.
We recommend this wine to anyone that enjoys unique - and delicious - Chardonnay. Hurry in, before it’s all snapped up.
What the wine press has to say:
92 points - Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast - “Extremely intriguing on the nose, this shows aromas of Meyer lemon, green banana and tangerines. Generous yellow fruits like melon and Gala apples show on the palate, which is soft with lemon-bar elements at first but then tightens around green apple skins and a peppery, herbal character.”
Medium golden yellow hues, with perfect clarity from heart to edge. The wine has a bouncy, dense look to it, giving clues to the mouth feel.
Baked red apple, pineapple, Granny Smite apple, lemon curd, vanilla, medium toast oak and orange blossom.
Braeburn apple, lemon, orange blossom, lime leaf, pineapple, apricot, white peach, lemon curd, vanilla custard, soft oak and a hint of light white pepper.
Extra long, with a very elegant initial feel that transmutes on the palate into a juicy, bright explosion of fruit that is punctuated, at the very end, by pineapple and a very subtle hint of white pepper.
Enjoy this bright, elegant and delicious wine with a variety of pairing choices. A baked Dijon salmon or chicken kiev would be marvelous.
What the Winery Says
- Dave Nagengast
- Monterey County
- Harvest date
- October 10, 2012
- 1200 cases