Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2012

I love the name of this wine … Morning Fog.  It’s what I experience every day.  Not because of the atmospheric conditions but because of what’s going on inside my own head – plenty of morning fog.  Those who know me well are aware that I am not available to answer any questions or make any real decisions until that fog has lifted.  I realize that is not what the folks at Wente are trying to conjure in naming their wine.  No doubt they are aiming for an association with the pleasant cool dampness of a morning fog on one’s face or the haunting beauty it can bring as it creates both a blanket and kind of an optical filter over the landscape.  And given that these grapes were grown in the San Francisco Bay area, I’m sure they saw plenty of fog.

Winemaker:  Wente
Wine:  Morning Fog
Varietal:  Chardonnay
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  Livermore Valley – San Francisco Bay, CA
Price:  $16.49

Notes:  This California Chardonnay was a light yellow in the glass.  On the nose I got citrus, peach and grass.  It was light-bodied with high acidity.  It had that “prick the tongue” feeling.  Alcohol was at 13.5%.  On the palate I found citrus, peach, warm toasty oak, grass and a repeat of the citrus on the finish.  It was a pleasant glass of Chardonnay.  It think it would pair nicely with a light chicken and most fish dishes.

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