Amici Chardonnay Sonoma Coast
Price: $25 (sale $18)
Welcome back to the Wine of the Week series. Last week I took a break from blogging. Let’s face it, life gets busy. Traveling for work required me to get up at 4 a.m. twice which left me with little energy to write or taste test any wine. I love traveling and Toronto was great, but now it’s time to return to blog. Last week while I was gone my husband celebrated a real estate closing. We’re big fans of celebrating the big and small things in life. Life is short. Since it was his celebration I let him choose the wine this week. He gifted our only chilled bottle of Champagne left in the house to his client–yes, I know a rookie mistake–so he choose to uncork an Amici Chardonnay Sonoma Coast from California. My husband loves wines from California, particularly Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
To be honest, I’m not sure when and where we picked up this bottle. He couldn’t remember either, but it is signed by the vineyard owner Bob Shepard and it was already chilled. Hailing from Amici Wine Cellars in Sonoma County, the vineyard began in the 1990’s and was named “Amici” meaning friends in Italian. Had I done my research first, I would have invited a few friends over to share the bottle, but alas, I didn’t so we shared it between the two of us over the course of the weekend.
Here’s my review of Amici Chardonnay from Sonoma
Color: Light haystack straw color-not too golden but not clear either.
Smell: Hints of hay, honesuckle and vanilla.
Taste: This one is medium-bodied with a hint of oak and butter at the back of the finish. It is well-balanced between acidic and sweet.
Food-Pairing: This is great with roasted chicken and vegetables or grilled salmon with baked pototoes.
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars. My husband gives it a higher rating, but he hasn’t met too many alcoholic beverages he doesn’t like.