Thursday, June 9, 2011

2009 Concannon Conservancy Chardonnay

As Florida waits for the rainy season to begin and offer some respite from the searing, scorching heat (as evidenced by the plethora of crispy and slightly brown lawns) time to grab another white wine. I know half of the country is caught in this heat wave, just remember all those hours of shoveling snow….and you were wishing for some sunshine and warmth. Well, as long as you have AC and nice refreshing wines, it’s all good. Last night’s wine was Concannon’s 2009 Conservancy Chardonnay, purchased at my local Total Wine for just $9.99.

Aromas are full of creamy honeysuckle. An array of citrus and floral flavors make up the primary flavor profile. Front of the palate is full of citrusy grapefruit. Mid-palate and the floral washes over, followed by a creamy smooth and hint of pineapple finish. Pairs well with your next backyard BBQ or with a summer shrimp boil.
I know I’ve reviewed Concannon wines many times now, so I won’t repeat myself with the same info. If you haven’t read my former blogs on Concannon, click here for a quick background on the winery. I did come up with some info on how Concannon is leading the “green” movement by example.
A decade long process, the winery recently completed a $30 million project to help preserve not only the vines but resources and materials that go into everyday production at the winery and tasting room. The restoration of the redwood tasting room incorporated re-used materials and an environmentally friendly design. Century old cedar planks, refurbished now hang on the exterior of the building. The original brick has found a new purpose in the courtyard fountain and redwood casks used for wine aging in a former life, now have a place in the restored tasting bar. The winery also practices sustainability in the wine making process by installing solar panels on 80% of the winery’s roof.
Recognizing it’s the unique rocky soil that sets their wines apart from others, the winery re-rooted their ancient vines promoting sustainability and healthy fruit for years to come. To ensure the land will be kept from urban development, Concannon established a conservation trust, preserving Livermore Valley viticulture and its simpler way of life…I say cheers to that!

Don’t worry, it will cool down eventually….say in 3-5 months, depending on your location. Until then, keep your wine chiller in the freezer, slip it on a great bottle of wine and brave the outdoors. Or just stay inside in the AC on the couch, which works too.
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