Friday, July 23, 2010

Concannon Livermore Valley Chardonnay 2008

For years, I’ve had an aversion to Chardonnay, more specifically California Chardonnay’s but lately I’ve had a few tasty CA chards and Concannon Livermore Valley Chardonnay, is one of those varietals that have me rethinking my position.

Bright yellow in the glass, aromas of pineapple, mango and peaches just scream summer wine. The flavors are buttery but not that usual thick butter flavor but more like a lightly buttered popcorn. Creamy mouthfeel and a lite citrus finish.

Founded in 1883 in Livermore Valley, CA, James Concannon was the first to plant Bordeaux cuttings and produce Bordeaux style wines in California. It was James’ dream to create world class Bordeaux and Rhone style wines. As a founding family of California wine and four generations of family involvement, Concannon is the oldest continually operating winery in California under the same family name.

Like many Irish immigrants, James Concannon first arrived in New York and made his way West to California. He came across Livermore Valley where the rocky soil and east-west orientation resembled the wine regions of southern France. During the days of Prohibition the winery was given special permission to make sacramental wines, allowing the winery to continue their operations. Four generations later, the family mixes modern innovations and techniques with the family’s core commitment to create impeccable wines.

As our electric bill soars to an all time high, you don’t even want to know the amount, I’m focused on keeping cool with my lovely Concannon Chardonnay.

The wine pairs well with Thai Jasmine rice and spicy shrimp, chicken or pork.

My rating – too good to put down

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