Chardonnay, 2018. Ternion

Chardonnay, 2018. Ternion

Item #: V1221W1DC
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard/Appellation: California
Color: Medium Gold
Nose: Apple
Palate: Rich Vanilla
Finish: Engaging
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2022/Seafood, Vegetarian/14% Alcohol by Volume

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Ternion is part of the Terravant Family in Buellton, located just west of the town of Solvang in California's Central Coast. While most of their holdings are in the Central Coast, this jewel came from grapes grown in Sonoma, Monterey, and Santa Barbara; all known for exceptional Chardonnay.

The name refers to a group of three or a trio. In this case it's the three main elements of making great wine: the grape, the soil, and the people. All need to be in the same place in terms of quality and talent in order to make a worthy wine.

Chardonnay was once called Pinot Chardonnay for the same reason as Pinot Noir. The word pin means "pine" in French and refers to the shape of the grape clusters which is similar to a pine cone. They are also genetically part of the same family. It is capable of producing one of the greatest wines on earth. One only needs to look at the price of the top wines from Burgundy, which can reach over $1,000 per bottle.

Our selection is a bit more modestly priced and a superb value. It boasts the perfect set of aromas and flavors, which favor this grape. The green apple is essential. The light oak treatment adds the vanilla and spice and finally there is the warm, citrus finish that signals the next bite of food. That could easily be a mushroom risotto made with a dash of Chardonnay or clams steamed in clam broth and Chardonnay, topped with garlic and parsley.

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