A gorgeous bouquet of orchard fruits followed by a creamy mouth-feel of butter and green apples, wrapped in an elegant composition with a hint of oak, that the slides into a finish of satisfaction.
In search for a Chardonnay to pair with Tuesday night chicken dishes and the popcorn during a Friday night movie on Netflix after the kids were in bed, my quest brought me to a small town in Navarra, Spain. I knew that the historical significance and the terroir of the region would be able to provide a relaxed, but yet focused fruit driven profile I was looking for.
In the 13th century the King of Navarra, who was also the Count of Champagne, Teobaldo the 1st, stopped in Cyprus on his way back home from the Crusades. He discovered a sweet green grape and decided that he must bring it back to his lands of Champagne and Navarra. Once in their new home, the region’s limestone and clay soils, coupled with a micro-climate that allows for a long, cool growing season, created the perfect terroir for producing an incredible Chardonnay.
The Gooseneck Vineyards Chardonnay grapes are cold-soaked on their skins prior to fermentation. This process allows for the final wine to show richness and creaminess balanced by lovely acidity, despite the fact that it sees just a hint of oak.
A group of generational farmers, who I now consider my close friends, grew the grapes for the Gooseneck Vineyards Chardonnay with the same pride I manage my business: each bottle contains a compendium of philosophy of life and work, rigor, dedication, confidence, and creativity.
The sense of pride in the farmers’ work, history, and terroir are the reasons why Chardonnays from Navarra have consistently won top awards across the globe and Gooseneck Vineyards Chardonnay exemplifies the reasons in its bottle.
Lighter Pasta and protein dishes, soft and creamy cheeses, butter drawn popcorn with a Netflix movie.