Bonterra Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay (California)
The beautiful weather this weekend put me in a summer frame of mind, and summer makes me think of Chardonnay.
This one from Mendocino County is made from organic grapes and has a nice, sunny, light gold color. There are flavors of apples, some citrus and a hint of pineapple with a touch of butter and oak as it develops in the mouth. The finish has just a bit of heat. After 3 or 4 sips, the apple lingers nicely.
Pair this with grilled chicken and grilled or roasted pork loin, white fish, halibut, and salmon with lemon. It would go well with Parmesan cheese, brie, brick or Muenster. For dessert, try an apple dumpling, tarte tatin, or a lightly flavored lemon cheesecake.