Pico & Vine, Sonoma County Chardonnay
The Back Label: 2014 “…a wine of elegance and richness with a bouquet of apple, pear and citrus fruit that carries through to the palate. Hints of vanilla and nutmeg arise followed by a crisp and refreshing finish. Delicious on its own or enjoy with seafood, roast chicken and soft cheeses.”
2013/2012: “…a wine of balanced richness with hints of vanilla and Gravenstein apple on the nose, carrying through to the palate with an elegant, silky finish. This Chardonnay is delicious on its own, or pair with grilled wild Alaskan salmon with braised fennel and baby potatoes.”
sipping sun Having Sipped: A smooth wine that we certainly enjoyed in a glass (and a rather generous portion too), but also paired nicely with a bowl of marinated olives from Italy. We finished the wine with a roasted eggplant and zucchini cold appetizer with red peppers, mozzarella, and pesto. To celebrate our anniversary, we made a reservation at Pianeta Ristorante | Cucina Italiana in Truckee, Calif., a favorite from a couple years back. While they strongly encourage everyone to abide by a technology-free dinner setting, we snuck a couple photos of the wine before sitting back and enjoying.
Pianeta served Pico & Vine Chardonnay as their house wine. Since we don’t know the year of the wine, I’ve included two different profiles that might guide you based on your flavor preferences. After sipping, I might pair 2014’s label with the wine in our glasses. The citrus notes were prominent and well-varied such as in “apple, pear, and citrus fruit“, and the vanilla we had mistaken for floral, but all the same, it was a rather sweet wine, very easy to drink, and might just be the next best thing your guests will enjoy at your next dinner party.
For someone who doesn’t consider themselves a wine-drinker, serve them Pico and Vine as a smooth transition, and consider them converted.
Specs From the Label:
After your first sip, what are your thoughts on this chardonnay? Do you have someone in mind, with whom you wish to share this wine? Let me know in the comments below & thanks for sipping along!