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Sterling Vineyards Vintner’s Collection Chardonnay 2012

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There are 8 user submitted reviews for this wine.

Community Reviewer reviewed this wine as follows:

Classic in both style and structure, the 2007 Chardonnay offers the quintessential balance that defines a well-made Chardonnay. With bright enticing aromas of tropical fruit, green apple and white flowers, the wine opens up into well-rounded flavors of melon, peach, and fig cupped by vanilla and spice. From beginning to end, the wine tantalizes the palate with the perfect poise of refreshing acidity and mouth-filling creaminess.

Source: NB Liquor Stores
Community Reviewer reviewed this wine as follows:

De style et structure classiques, le Chardonnay 2007 offre l’équilibre essentiel qui définit un Chardonnay bien fait. Avec des arômes invitants de fruits tropicaux, de pommes vertes et de fleurs blanches, le vin s’ouvre en des saveurs bien rondes

Source: NB Magasin d'Alcool
Jennifer Macdonald rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Light and crisp, aromas of apple and citrus and a bit of oak. Beautiful acidity complements the citrus on the palate and is fresh, but with a hint of that Chardonnay butteryness. would be great with turkey or roast chicken.
Valérie Dufour Accredited Sommelier rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Discreet green apple nose.
Very nice mouth. Nice acidity well-balance with the fruit. Pretty elegant in that price range.
Perfect match for the turkey roast at Thanksgiving.
Kristin Perrin rated this wine as 77/100 with the following review:

Slightly vegetal nose mixed in with pear and apple
Sweet peas and mild pear apple palate
Medium acidity with a medium finish.
Deborah Podurgiel rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Summer Barbie parties are great, but how does one manage to have stellar wines without busting the budget? Well, you can rely on word of mouth from friends, or your very helpful and knowledgeable local wine store associate.

Ultimately, the answer is -- well, you've got to try them yourself. I know that sounds sacrificial, and in a way it is -- both from a cost and taste point of view.

Such was the case with this wine. I went to a wine store counting on a particular wine, and when it wasn't exactly what I had in mind (balance was off) the store wine manager suggested the Sterling Vintner's Collection Chardonnay.

Dead on -- it was exactly what I was looking for. A Chard (indeed, people still love Chardonnay) with perfect acidity, butter and toast (light American oak) excellent and plentiful apple flavours, popcorn and judicious (if not, constrained) use of oak.

Butter, toast, mineral, citrus and cooked apple and, yes, much to my surprise -- fig and light caramel on the palate. Lots of dimension and complexity to this wine.

In fact, it went with my smoked trout appie (buttery and structured)as well as a lobster boil up with a lemon butter, white wine (same wine)and fresh pureed Mexican garlic (a flavour somewhat between a shallot and mild garlic) sauce -- while the Sterling Chard cut through the richness, it also complemented the richness of the (Maritime) lobster.

Absolutely excellent!
Dianne Fisher Sommelier, ISG rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

I paired this Chardonnay with a dish of angel hair pasta with lobster - a lovely combination! This wine has a very good balance of fruit and oak and its a reasonable price.
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Craig Kuziemsky rated this wine as 86/100 with the following review:

Pineapple aroma gives way to citrus and vanilla flavors. A well balanced and easy drinking wine with a nice finish.




Natalie's Review

Sterling Vineyards Vintner’s Collection Chardonnay 2012, Central Coast, United States: Natalie's tasting note, score, food pairings and recipes for this wine Drink: 2013-2017. 669242 13.50% D 750 mL  $15.95 Score: Natalie's tasting note, score, food pairings and recipes for this wine. August 3, 2014  Full Review

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