Benziger Sangiacomo Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay 2008
Wine Enthusiast: Rated as Excellent, extremely well made and highly recommended. "Made in the modern, ripe style, but with a greater degree of finesse than you might expect at this price. The wine is dry and crisp and minerally, with a clean mouthfeel, yet offers rich flavors of pineapples, green apples and peaches." Jul 2010
Winery: "Our Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay is crisp and lean with a medium mouthfeel. True varietal characteristics take center stage with flavors of bright green apple, pear and peach."
Wired For Wine: Lean, crisp, and minerally, you will love this bright Benziger Sangiacomo Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay. Pour your first glasses to enjoy with mini lobster rolls and rosemary/ginger vinaigrette. You might not make it to the entree... If you are game, then the crisp, clean nature, fresh array of fruits, and minerally presence of this California Chardonnay are beautiful with fish, shellfish, chicken, ham and much more. If you're looking to make a big pot of something for a crowd, how about a twist on a classic: shrimp chowder with fresh corn. The crisp, clean cut of this Benziger white loves buttery sauces, so we suggest seared scallops with tomato beurre blanc. This Sangiacomo is terrific with all things creamy, so another choice is gratineed chicken in cream sauce with skinny French beans on the side. What'll it be winelovers? We can't think of a better way to bring your meal to a close than with a newly opened bottle and the wonderful flavors of an American Laurier goat cheese. Add some dried apricots and toasted walnut bread and you can officially call it a party!
Size: 750ml, cork
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 11 months in Hungarian oak barrels (20% new)
Region: Carneros, Napa-Sonoma, California
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