2016 Gamble Ranch Chardonnay
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The Gamble Ranch Chardonnay is a big and rich style of Chardonnay in every vintage. It sees 100% new French oak for 18 months. After 100% malolactic fermentation the wine remains in barrel sur lies and is stirred (batonnage) once a week while it is in barrel. This aids in the development of the Gamble’s signature rich mouthfeel, crème brulee, and butterscotch qualities. Each vintage of the Gamble exhibits a citrus or meyer lemon peel quality that balance out the wine in its flavor profile.
The Gamble Ranch Chardonnay tends to pair with foods that can match or balance off its size and richness. Creamier based soups, butter rich dishes, thicker heavier fish, lobster, crab cakes, heavier chicken dishes, and even some brighter vegetables that work well with butter--like corn--are all great food pairings.
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AVA: Oakville, Napa Valley
Vineyard: Gamble Ranch
Cooperage: 18 months on 100% new French oak barrels