Maggio Chardonnay, Oak Ridge Winery, Lodi 2014White Wine, America
Maggio Chardonnay, Oak Ridge Winery, Lodi 2014
What they say:
Oak Ridge Winery is the oldest operating winery in Lodi, California, built in 1934.
The winery and vineyards are situated between the Sierra Nevada foothills and the San Francisco Bay. The area’s uniquely Mediterranean climate, with warm days and coastal evening breezes, is ideal for the cultivation of world-class wine grapes. California’s top varietals thrive here.
75% of the wine was fermented in stainless steel, contributing the fresh fruit characters in the final blend, while 25% was fermented in 70% American oak staves and 30% French oak staves. The wine was aged in both American and French oak staves for four months, with 5% aged for four months in American and French oak barrels. The oak influences impart a soft complexity and mellow creaminess to the final wine.
Region: Lodi, California
Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Bouquet: Shows ripe tropical fruit aromas combined with hints of vanilla.
Palate: Voluptuous and smooth, this wine is beautifully balanced, with citrus and butterscotch flavours and a full bodied long finish.
Best served with: Ideal with green salads with toasted pine nuts, lightly spiced and peppered roast chicken, cod or shellfish with delicate sauces.
What we say:
So it seems that messing around with wine when you know what you’re doing can actually work sometimes! If you read what they have done in the aging process of this wine it sounds like a lot of interference. Many say the best way to make the best wine is to keep the process simple with good quality grapes and little interference. But when you taste this wine it takes you on a journey of different aromas, tastes, sensations and emotions. Sounds deep hey! But actually this is a really interesting wine that surprises more of our customers than we ever expected.
Don’t rule it out because it’s an oaked Chardonnay. This is not like your classic French oaked Chardonnay, this is California and they have changed the rules!
This wine is full of luscious tropical fruits with honey and vanilla. There is still a good level of acidity though keeping fresh and very drinkable. The oak is there as you taste a touch of spiced wood but not in an offensive or overpowering way at all. For £13.00 a bottle it’s well worth it. Just don’t serve it too cold. This wine needs to open up a little to get the full experience.