Spelletich Family Wine Company
Region: Lodi, CA
A great summer sipping wine should be crisp and refreshing, with good acidity and pair well with food or stand alone. Introducing your new warm weather favorite! It is Chardonnay, but not the style in which many Chardonnays are made. This one is “unoaked” which means it does not age in a wood barrel. This gives Chardonnay a light, clean, citrusy flavor.
The 3 Spells Chardonnay opens with citrus, melon and wet stone on the nose. The flavor profile is crisp with hints of lemon, granny smith apple, light flower notes, and a steely refreshing finish due to the steel tank fermentation rather than oak barrels.
This wine is perfect on a warm day, and shows well as an aperitif. Serve this crowd-pleaser as a cocktail party wine or just have a glass after a long day at work to cut the dust. Ahhh!
RegionLodi AVA, CA
AgeabilityDrink now and enjoy.
Why is an unoaked Chardonnay different?
Besides the obvious, the wine is not aged in oak barrels, but rather steel tanks, leading to a vastly different flavor profile.
A wine aged in oak may show flavors of toast, vanilla, cedar, spice and smoky notes, among others. Some claim oak gives Chardonnay a richer texture, adding to the belief that oak adds complexity.
An unoaked wine is more likely to be lighter-bodied than its oaked counterpart. Proponents say this method is a way to allow the Chardonnay to express its true flavor profile, with more fresh fruit flavors, crispness, and acidity.