Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Greystone Cellars 2010 Chardonnay California

The Culinary Institute of America and Markham Vineyards have paired up to introduce a new line-up of wines to complement the many different flavors and cuisines of today. Markham and CIA are Napa Valley icons that date back to the late 1800s.

Markham is the fourth oldest continuously operated winery in Napa Valley and Greystone was constructed in 1889 as a cooperative winery and cellar. Since 1995, Greystone’s stone building has served as the West Coast campus for the CIA.

We were happy to get our hands on a just-released bottle of the 2010 Greystone Cellars Chardonnay. Tasting team members Wine Chick and Sax Man logged the following report.

We just shared a wonderful 2010 Chardonnay from Greystone Cellars in California. It is a pale gold color, tart caramel apple nose, and has some minerality with notes of green apple and pear. Not too oaky for those who like steel-barreled but smooth and crisp. We paired it with lobster and crab legs -- a great dinner! I believe it would be nice with any shellfish or mild fish, or just as good drinking wine.

The Greystone Cellars label also offers a a Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, both 2009 vintages. The retail price is a very wallet-friendly $10.99 and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the wines will benefit The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, which is a not-for-profit college turning out some of the top chefs in the country.

Check out the crazy looking corkscrew on the label!

Full disclosure: We received this wine as a free sample.
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