Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2009 St. Francis Chardonnay Sonoma County

With so much of the country digging out from snow, think it’s time to bring a little summer into the picture with a 2009 St. Francis Chardonnay Sonoma County. I picture myself outside with sunlight on my face, St. Francis Chard in my glass and some ribs or great tasting hot dog on my plate.

Aromas are a little closed but after swirling, pineapple and apple aromas waft out of the glass. Crisp citrus, melon and tropical fruits flavors. Not too much oak and a touch of honey in the finish. I was taken by surprise by the high acidity in the finish but my palate quickly adapted. Light, refreshing and a nice easy drinking Chardonnay. SRP is listed as $15.

Spending time in Sonoma takes you away to another place and time. Life slows down, the air is crisp and the mountains serene. It’s a chance to escape from the normal confines of ones everyday life. One look at St. Francis Winery and their iconic bell tower and you’re immediately taken away to another place and time. The winery is named after St. Francis of Assisi, who is known as the protector of the natural world and believed to have been the first to bring European grape cultivation to the new world.

The winery’s history began in 1971 when Joe Martin purchased the Behler Ranch. In the beginning Joe sold his grapes to surrounding wineries and in 1979 began bottling for himself. With a passion for the land that has been so gracious to Joe, the winery practices what they preach. The winery, vineyards and visitor’s center apply green methods of pest control, cooling, lighting, bottling and even transportation. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy that they’re giving back to the land.

So as we bundle up against the elements, go to another place in your mind. One with palm trees, charcoal grills and deep pit smokers. I’ll provide the St. Francis, who’s bringing the coleslaw?

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