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Cambridge Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay, Carneros

2013 Cambridge Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay, Carneros

Region / Country
Region / Country
Carneros, USA
This Chardonnay comes from a single vineyard in Carneros, a cool subzone of Napa and Sonoma that produces crisper, brighter versions of the grape.
$20.00 / each
Member Price: $18.00
This product is currently sold out in our wine shop but may be available in one of our gift packs.
Inside Story
There’s a lot of heavy-handed California Chardonnay out there, though thankfully the fashion has turned in recent years. Super-oaky, buttery, sweetly ripe versions—the kind that taste more like dessert than a refreshing beverage to sip with food—are on the out. Cambridge Cellars winemaker, Doug Danielak, has been making the kinds of Chardonnays we like to drink for years. Danielak is an avowed Francophile who studied winemaking in Burgundy, the motherland of Chardonnay. He sources the grapes for this bottling not from Napa’s hot, sunny central area but from a single esteemed vineyard in its chilly southern subzone, Carneros.
Straddling the southern tips of Napa and Sonoma counties, Carneros boasts a breezy marine climate that produces crisper, more elegant whites. Danielak ages this wine in a mixture of new and used French oak barrels. The barrels soften the wine and add subtle vanilla and spice notes, while allowing the grapes’ pure fruit to shine. Cambridge California Cellars is a bootstrapping labor of love for two wine-obsessed Australians, Kim and Bruce Cunningham. They teamed up with Danielak to create a portfolio of small-lot cuvées sourced from exceptional Napa and Sonoma vineyards.
In the Glass
This rich and juicy Chardonnay splits the difference, stylistically speaking, between lush, soft California styles and crisp, steely Burgundian versions of the grape. It’s crisp and tangy but still ripe and generous, with loads of intense pear and apple flavors edged in vanilla and toasted almond notes.
At the Table
We love this single-vineyard Chardonnay with roast chicken, and it’s balance of crispness and richness means it’s terrific if served on a bed of salad or a side of creamy mashed potatoes. Pork and rich seafood, such as monkfish, salmon and lobster, are also great options. Stick to dishes featuring mild ingredients—fresh herbs, butter or cream, citrus and vegetables—and avoid spicy seasonings and added sugars.

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