Top 10 wines in the US press

2011 Carmel Road Monterey Chardonnay, California

1116996xThis Californian Chardonnay, described as “balanced, bright and lush”, was Colette Bancroft’s top pick this week, writing in The Tampa Bay Times.

She said: “Our wine this week is a traditional California Chardonnay that manages to be both lush and clean at once. Oak and vanilla play their roles in the 2011 Carmel Road Monterey Chardonnay (about $17 at supermarkets and elsewhere), but they are restrained members of the ensemble rather than scene stealers. One hundred percent chard grapes were sustainably grown in the Arroyo Seco appellation.

“This big white’s bouquet leads off with peach and vanilla accented by musky cantaloupe. On the tongue, a whole cast of flavours cavort: pear, cantaloupe, vanilla, oak, clover honey and a bit of ginger for edge. The blend is harmonious and luscious but not in the least cloying. A whisper of white pepper after midpalate lends zing, before the wine segues into a clean lingering finish. Overall, this wine is beautifully balanced, bright and lush.”

Bancroft recommended pairing this wine with a “pork tenderloin glazed with mustard and maple and chicken stuffed with fresh garden herbs and simply roasted.”

Price: $17

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