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Tantara 2011 Pinot Noir Lindsay's Vineyard and Rodney Strong 2012 Chardonnay Chalk Hill 

Tantara 2011 Pinot Noir Lindsay’s Vineyard

click to enlarge TANTARA 2011 PINOT NOIR LINDSAY’S VINEYARD :
  • TANTARA 2011 PINOT NOIR LINDSAY’S VINEYARD :

This layered, complex wine has it all—balance, depth, ripe fruit, and it’s irresistible. I loved the bright notes of cranberries, plums, and minerality, so beautifully nuanced with notes of spice, herbs, mocha, and smoke. It’s quite drinkable on its own and it’s perfect with an equally outstanding meal, like prime rib, filet mignon, ahi, salmon, or quail. Grown in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation, this wine will brighten your day no matter which way you enjoy it. Only 75 cases produced, it’s quite limited and you can only buy it by ordering it over the phone. Call Ali at Tantara at 938-5051, $60 retail.

Rodney Strong 2012 Chardonnay Chalk Hill 

RODNEY STRONG 2012 CHARDONNAY CHALK HILL  :
  • RODNEY STRONG 2012 CHARDONNAY CHALK HILL :

I found this French-oak-fermented Chardonnay so well balanced and delightful I enjoyed it with my favorite main dish salad of roast chicken, cranberries, goat cheese, Fuji apples, walnuts, and baby kale. The exotic aromas of ripe apple and sweet pears highlighted with notes of honey, spice, and lemon complemented every bite of my healthy dinner. I would choose this for Dungeness crab salad or crab cakes, lobster with butter sauce, roast chicken, or veal. Not usually a fan of this style of chardonnay, but this one was also quite drinkable on its own. It’s priced only $19.99 at BevMo! in SLO.

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