Handcrafted with Care Annika Vineyards 2008 Chardonnay California
If you are a golf fan, you may already know that Annika Sorenstam's other passion in life is wine. Like other celebrities, she is able to put her own well-known name on a label. One of the most successful women golfers ever, she is currently producing a Chardonnay and Syrah in collaboration with Karl Wente, a fifth-generation California winemaker, at the Wente family's Livermore, California estate. The 2008 Chardonnay marks the wine's first vintage. At only 221 cases, it is a truly handcrafted wine. On both the nose and palate the Chard offers leesy character along with apple and ripe peach flavors. The wine's acidity is faintly tangerine. On the finish there is a faint vanilla note as well as a lingering hint of buttered popcorn. In general, we find the winemaking characters of the wine to overshadow the Wentes' fine fruit to some extent, but the care with which the wine was made cannot be denied. Try it with white fish in a caper butter sauce, duck confit or a picnic of soft cheeses and charcuterie. The wine would also work well with light summer dishes like gazpacho or pound cake with citrus curd.