DeLoach California Chardonnay 2013 ~ California, USA
92/100 Planet Grape
Silver - San Fransisco International Wine Competition
Silver - Orange County Fair
Silver - Riverside International Wine Competition (2012 vintage)
Silver - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2012 vintage)
Silver - Los Angeles International Wine Competition (2012 vintage)
Silver - The TEXSOM International Wine Awards (2011 vintage)
Silver - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2008 vintage)
Planet Grape "Light and creamy with notes of lemon, apple, pear, and pineapple and just a kiss of butterscotch."
Food & Wine "The only producer you will need to know this year."
Revolutionary winery DeLoach is one of the pioneers of sustainable viniculture in Sonoma, California. In 2003, the owners bravely converted their 17-acre estate on the eastern bank of The Russian River to organic and biodynamic farming despite the vineyard having just produced Wine Enthusiast magazine’s 2004 wine of the year. The conversion has proved a huge success, with recent vintages of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel all winning many awards.
The Winemaker "We chose to ferment the grapes for this luscious wine in stainless steel to preserve the natural crispness and fresh fruit flavors. The winemakers then blended in a small amount of richly textured barrel-fermented Chardonnay to attain the beautiful balance of this approachable, fruit-forward wine that is appealing both at the dinner table and al fresco. Nicely integrated notes of orange blossom and creamy honeydew melon. Tropical flavors of pineapple, papaya and mango. This wine is delightfully balanced with bright acidity and a long finish that makes it the perfect complement to a wide variety of cuisines."
California produces three billion bottles of wine each year, making it the world’s fourth largest wine producer. Each year, its 3,000 wineries produces a third more wine than all of Australia. “Wine State” is a deserved title. Chardonnay is one of the seven leading grape varieties grown in California.