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Maldonado Vineyards 2008 "Los Olivos Vineyard" Chardonnay

Maldonado Vineyards

2008 Chardonnay
Bottle Size: 750ml, 12/cs
Region: Carneros, Napa Valley, CA


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Tasting Notes:
This wine reflects the winemaker’s philosophy of letting the terroir speak to the drinker through the glass. Fermented using naturally occurring yeast and with very minimal intervention by the winemaker, this wine is an elegant, pure expression of the grapes themselves and the land on which they were grown. A pale straw in color, this wine displays aromas of apple, Asian pear, lemon, pineapple, white flowers and a touch of minerality. Slightly more round on the palate, this is a balanced and complex wine that has a velvety, moderate finish of vanilla cream and minerals.
  • Grapes
    97% Chardonnay 3% Viognier
  • Region
    Carneros, Napa Valley, CA
  • Production
    150 cases
  • Alcohol
  • Ageability
    Ready to enjoy now through 2016

Jean Hoefliger

About the Winemaker:
Born and raised in Switzerland, Jean studied winemaking and viticulture at the Swiss Federal School of Changins. He also traveled the world making wine in Bordeaux and South Africa at well-respected wineries Chateau Lynch-Bages, Chateau Carbonnieux and Meerlust. In 2001 Jean moved to California and joined the team at Newton Vineyard as winemaker, where he met the Maldonado family. Today he is making wine at Alpha Omega and consults at Maldonado, where he makes winemaking decisions purely on taste and decades of experience.
Los Olivos Vineyard - named for the picturesque olive trees that line the drive of the vineyard
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Food Pairing Suggestions:
This moderately full bodied wine will go well with a wide variety of creamy sauces, poultry or rich soups. Also pair with a triple cream cheese or aged Cheddar.
About the Winery
Maldonado Vineyards Nearly fifty years ago, Lupe Maldonado was living in a small farming community in Michoacán, Mexico. After moving to California, Lupe began working in the vineyards of Napa Valley. He made a name for himself in the valley as a hard, dedicated worker and was invited to join the team at a new winery, Newton Vineyard. Learn more