As the proprietor of the Coastal Vineyards Wine Club I get to taste a lot of different wines to determine which wines go into our wine clubs. We welcome you to our private cellar and our video series called Message in a Bottle. Today we will taste the 2007 Chumeia Vineyards Chardonnay.
As a reminder our wine reviews aren’t meant to be a high society snob review. We are just going to drink and talk about the wines that we regularly feature in our wine club. So kick back, relax and enjoy.
Chumeia has an interesting story, in the Greek, the word alchemy is Chumeia (koo-may-a). Ancient Greeks believed that by applying four basic elements: heat, air, earth and water as well as philosophical beliefs, they could transform basic elements into gold. Wine Maker Lee Nesbitt believes that not only is winemaking an alchemic process, but the grapevine and grapes has its own transformation of basic elements into great juice.
I recently visited this winery on my most recent trip to Paso Robles. The entrance is made of rock and stone and the wrought iron gate has some very impressive metal art work created with vibrant colors like that found on their wine labels. The winery and tasting room is very small, there is a table in front of the tasting room entrance that is a perfect spot for a picnic while you soak in the rolling oak trees.
The juice for this wine was grown in the San Joaquin Valley- specifically Madera. The 2007 Chardonnay was fermented for 26 days at 68 degrees in 100% stainless steel. The wine is loaded with a tropical taste, including pear, apple, pineapple and mango flavors. All of these flavors thrive lead to a solid finish!
Watch the video to see the rating we give this wine that is apart of the Coastal Vineyards Cabernet Wine Club.
Signing off at Pigging out!
Rocco “Boss Hog” Loosbrock
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