This week I want to continue our conversation about Bouchaine Winery. If you missed our last post. let me bring you up to speed. Chef Doug Ruley and I just returned from Napa Valley where SoDel Concepts was invited to cook at the famous Bouchaine Chef Series. So, this week on Let’s Talk Wine, we will be featuring the 2014 Bouchaine, Carneros, Chardonnay.
The owners are Mr. and Mrs. Copeland, whom are from Delaware and are good friends of the company. Bouchaine’s one-hundred acre vineyard lies on the southern border of Napa Valley’s Carneros district, overlooking the San Francisco bay. Fog, wind, and the cold nighttime temperatures of this unique geographical area lend distinctive regional identity to Chardonnay.
2014 was one of the earliest harvests on record, as they had gorgeous weather that allowed for perfect ripening and flavor development. 2014 was an exceptional vintage! The Chardonnay vines at Bouchaine are a blend of thirty-five year old Dijon clone plantings from 1996. The age of the vine provides an intensity and depth not found in young vineyards.
The orchestration of several strains of yeast and bacteria coupled with sur lie aging in stainless steel tanks and oak barrels. The barrels consist of different ages, toast levels, and origins which create an array of unique flavors. On the nose you will find lovely aromas of Fuji apple, Cementine’s, Rangpur lime, Jasmine and Almonds alongside a rich, yet tangy palate showing nectarine, lemon curd, and brioche with a long finish.
The beautiful bright and vibrant acidity in this Chardonnay makes it perfect for food pairings like our shrimp and grits, featured scallops, and the house favorite crabby fries.
This wine is great to drink all year round and can be found at three SoDel Concept locations, Matt’s Fish Camp in Lewes and Bethany and Fish On in Lewes.
To check out a great article on our trip to Bouchaine check out this link! http://kron4.com/2017/10/02/napas-bouchaine-vineyards-chef-series-finishes-strong/