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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: 3

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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.

Product: 330233

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
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.
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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