Crafted to celebrate Smoking Loons 11th Vintageour Steel
Anniversaryour 2011 Smoking Loon Steelbird is a Chardonnay with a
dierence. We kicked the oak to the curb aging this wine for 8 months in
100% stainless steel. The wine opens with a lovely oral bouquet of
orange blossom and honeysuckle, followed by notes of apricot, pear
nectar and ruby red grapefruit. This medium-bodied wine is bright and
vibrant on the palate, with refreshing avors of Meyer lemon, Honeycrisp
apple, and stone fruit with a touch of crème fraiche.
The grapes for Steelbird were picked early to ensure naturally elevated
levels of acidity. A portion of the wine blend was given extended lees
contact to impart a bit of structure and creaminess. The result is a stark
departure from our regular Smoking Loon Chardonnay; less weight,
higher acidity, pure fruit without any distractions, nishing very clean
Displaying great balance and versatility our 2011 Smoking Loon Steelbird
Unoaked Chardonnay is sure to become a Summer favorite. It will pair
nicely with a wide variety of dishes, from honey-lime shrimp tacos, to
savory stued mushrooms or even a simple Caesar salad.
Using a classic négociant approach to wine, we comb Californias best
growing regions each vintage to source fruit for our full-bodied wines.
Made for people who appreciate wine without pretense, Smoking Loon is
a tribute to the independent bohemian side of the Golden State. APPELLATION California
WINEMAKER Greg Kitchens
PH 3.48 TA 6.6g/L
UPC 0 17444 00089 3
California produces the majority of wine made in the United States. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir dominate the wine production in California, but many other varietials thrive in the California climate. Many fine wines are produced in California using Mediterranean grapes.