Neyers 304 Unoaked Chardonnay
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The term 304 for our un-oaked Chardonnay comes from the steel industrys designation for the food-grade stainless steel that is produced with the highest possible nickel and chromium content. Our Chardonnay 304 is fermented, then aged in these high-grade stainless steel tanks, and has no wood aging. Its given extended yeast-lees contact through a pump-over system that enhances the flavor, broadens the texture, and increases the stability of the wine. I enjoyed a bottle of it recently in New York with a platter of deliciously briny Blue Point oysters that were fresh enough to bite back. What a pairing!
Barrel Program .....Stainless Steel, no oak used
Composition ..........100% Chardonnay
Release Date ..........May 2014
Cases Produced .....1900
Like its neighbor Napa, Sonoma is a small area filled with independent wineries and characterized by microclimates that vary according to the topography. The coolest parts of Sonoma are the fog-filled south, where the grape varieties are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Northwards up the valley the climate warms and provides a good base for Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. In general Sonoma wines are less dramatically flavorful than those of Napa. Cabernet Sauvignon is relatively soft, with blackcurrant fruit, minty and eucalyptus perfume, and some soft buttery oak. Zinfandel ranges from soft and gulpable to massive bramble and pepper styles. Chardonnay is rich and juicy, especially from the Russian River, and Sauvignon Blanc can be zingy and grassy. Most Sonoma wines have a freshness and a soft edge which makes them very suitable for drinking on their own, however they partner well with strongly flavored fish and meat dishes. The old-style Zinfandels are delicious with spicy cuisine.