Tuesday, September 10, 2013

2010 Dutcher Crossing Costello Vineyard Alexander Valley Chardonnay

Opening tonight's wine takes me back to owner Deb Mathy and winemaker Kerry Damskey visiting Cedar Rapids and my favorite wine store First Avenue Wine House Its always a great time when these 2 visit from the beautiful views of Geyserville and Dutcher Crossing Winery

Deb treats you like family regardless if she is at an event pouring or greeting you at the winery with the help of Dutchess her Golden Lab. She and Kerry will take the time to discuss aromas, flavor and texture regardless of your wine knowledge. You love wine and they love to talk about it. Simple living....how some of the best tasting juice should be enjoyed.

On the nose loads of fresh pear with warm apple pie notes. Lemon zest with creme brulee and soft oak aromas. Allowing the wine to open releases a wonderful baking spice and vanilla bean. Beautiful nose then and now. So glad I stuck this in the cellar for a year.

The mouth has tart green apple followed by the lemon citrus. Hints of pear with a definite oak influence but not overpowering. Carmel and vanilla cream round out this very balanced wine. Rich, elegant juice.

I spent a considerable amount of time chatting with Deb and Kerry and asked them each to sign a bottle I purchased. Deb the Chard and Kerry the Maple River Vineyard Zin which will be uncorked soon. You know Deb you're one of my favorites too. I enjoyed the wine a year ago and it might just be even better today!


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