2011 Tolosa Estate Chardonnay

VARIETAL Chardonnay
REGION Edna Valley
LIFESTYLE Vegan
ABV 14.2%
VINTAGE 2011
Tolosa Winery is my go-to winery and this 2011 Estate Chardonnay is one reason why. There are aromas of grapefruit, pear, and honey–nothing overwhelming–while baked fruit and toasted nuts filled the mouth. Yes, I just said that. It’s a bit tight on the open but like an eager mate, her clothes came off quickly.
|Written February 7, 2014

PRICE

$26.00

CERTIFICATIONS

SIP Certified
WINERY INFORMATION
Tolosa Estate Wines

Tolosa Estate Grapes

Honestly, this Chard is easy drinking on it’s own; then again, most alcohol is for me. Tolosa suggests a pairing of shellfish. Personally, I’d go with a cream sauce as the citrus in the wine will cut through the fat.

At $26.00 per bottle it’s a touch more than what I’d normally spend on a Chard but this little vixen is an exception to the rule. Tolosa is located in the Edna Valley AVA which is known for both Chards and Pinot Noirs. I’m a slave to to these two varietals and this winery in particular, stands out. By the way, AVA stands for American Viticultural Area.

Tolosa Sustainability

You want to talk sustainability? These folks kick ass. All of their vineyards are SIP Certified and “all winery waste, including grape seeds and skins is recycled, composted, or otherwise recovered.” I’ve toured Tolosa and they are the real deal. If you get the chance to tour a sustainable facility like this one, don’t pass it up.

They also have a beautiful tasting room and an absolutely amazing patio to hang out on. So if you’re ever in the Edna Valley, be sure to support the friendly, and sustainable, folks at Tolosa. Cheers!

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