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Chardonnay, 2017. Lasorda Family Wines

Chardonnay, 2017. Lasorda Family Wines

Item #: L0320W4DC
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard/Appellation: Monterey, California
Color: Medium Gold
Nose: Butterscotch, Apples
Palate: Weighty with Cake Spice
Finish: Long Lingering Vanilla
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Roasted Turkey and Ham/ 14.1% Alcohol by Volume

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I know, I know.what does famed Los Angeles Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda have to do with wine? Let's investigate. First, if you have been to Dodger Stadium in the past few years, you would have noticed a Sangiovese and Trebbiano branded Lasorda being poured at most of the bars throughout the stadium. The only thing was, I thought the wines were relatively undrinkable (tongue in cheek).

However, in 2015, when Tommy and nephew David Lasorda met with skilled winemaker Terry Culton on launching a domestic brand under the Lasorda Family Wines project, the quality immediately went thru the roof. I will tell you that when David Lasorda came by to taste, I started the conversation with "I hope the wine quality has improved"...gotta call it the way you see it. He explained that winemaker Terry's experience working in Oregon and the Anderson Valley has given him insights into the Burgundian varietals Chardonnay and Noir (I bought both).

The Lasorda group has become a "negociant." Looking at the great wine districts throughout California to source the best grapes for the wines they are producing. In this case, they landed in Monterey for their Chardonnay. Perhaps my favorite area for Chardonnay with its offshore winds cooling the nights, this Chardonnay maintains a rich mid-palate finishing, with a crisp finish.

Chardonnay should be served with a slight chill, and this bottling can stand up to rich cream sauce dishes as well as a lighter bill of fare. Store until 2022 if you want to experience a nicely aged Chardonnay.