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Sterling Chardonnay 2012 Wine Review

Sterling Chardonnay 2012

Sterling Chardonnay 2012

Napa Valley, California, United States

Community Score: 4.4/5

Community Reviews: 9

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Price: $22.95

Drink: 2013-2018

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: White Wine

Winery: Sterling

Agent: Diageo Canada Inc.

Natalie's Score: 91/100

Big, bold, buttery Californian Chardonnay in all its glory. Layered and rich and offering so much pleasure. Aromas and flavours of tropical fruit and freshly baked bread. Try this with roast chicken. Unapologetically big and blustery Chard serving up plenty of ripe melon, poached pear, white peach, sandalwood and touches of coconut and vanilla. It's robust and generous in the mouth with a creamy texture. (VINTAGES panel, June 2014)

Chardonnay food pairings: shellfish.

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Matt Steeves - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

A rich and luscious Napa Chardonnay, the nose offers yellow apple, bread, lees, and butterscotch. Rich, creamy, and full bodied, this oaked Chardonnay has undergone Malolactic fermentation to make it velvety smooth. A wine I'd recommend enjoying on its own, with fresh baked bread and soft cheese, or pair with lobster and butter sauce. Tasted November 2014. 88-89 points. Matt Steeves - @QuercusVino
David Skinner rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Medium straw to light golden and bright. Tropical notes of pineapple, ripe apples and baking spice accented by light oak nuances. A medium to full bodied wine with flavors of tropical fruit, hints of almonds and a nice long carmel and fruit finish.

Try this with rich seafood or chicken dishes eapecially accompanied by a cream or butter sauce.
Douglas McMillan rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Lots of yellow apple, apricot, and vanilla on the nose, as well as some buttery notes. The butter comes out more forcefully in the flavour, as does a touch of bitter yellow apple. There's a nice balance of fruit and oak, and well balanced acidity. A perfect barbecued chicken wine.
Sean O'Regan - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 87/100 with the following review:

Nov 23, 2014: Medium yellow with nose showing melon, caramel and toasty oak spice.
Full bodied, creamy, buttery, toasty oak, caramel, baking spice, honeydew mellon, apple and some lactic notes. Generous oak and alcohol, I would have liked more acidity to support the weight. The caramel tinged finish is medium long with alcohol note persisting. Best served chilled with food, perhaps pork tenderloin medallions with a drizzle of mustard cream sauce.
Astrid Young - Sommelier ISG CAPS rated this wine as 86/100 with the following review:

A big fat butter ball in the nose, goes large on the mid palate with hints of vanilla and butter shortbread. Finishes with firm acid but seems a little out of balance on the finish with some smoky and oxidative notes. Charcoal Grilled chicken, grilled zucchini and asparagus.
Philippe Perreault, Sommelier rated this wine as 85/100 with the following review:

Deep golden color.

A powerful nose of toasted bread, mineral, vanilla, nuts, butter and oak.

The palate is Nerve, buttery, complex and long.

Pair it with creamy cheese or shellfish.

Serve it at 10-12 degrees.

Can be aged 3-5 years.
One of the best-known Californian Chardonnays on the market, this full-bodied white wine deserves a dish with equally vibrant and robust flavours like lobster in melted butter or a big feed or corn on the cob. - Community Wine Reviews

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