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Don & Donny Sebastiani, 1980
"These grapes make a wine that reminds me of one of my favorite childhood indulgences‐Sunday morning glazed doughnuts with creamy custard filling...'comfort food' before I even knew what that was. The first time I stuck my nose into a glass of this Chardonnay, it brought me back to that momentand the idea for comfort wine was born."
Voluptuous, rich & creamy
Gloria Mercado–Martín, Winemaker
Our talented winemaker, Gloria Mercado–Martín, is known for crafting memorable white wines–Chardonnay in particular. With Custard, she captures what makes the North Coast so special. The grapes grow slowly, developing voluptuous aromas, rich flavors, and a creamy texture balanced by crisp, refreshing acidity. Made in a truly new style, Gloria preserves delicate fragrances and freshness with carefully managed stainless steel fermentation at lower temperatures using a specially selected yeast strain, and gentle stirring of the lees. 100% of the blend undergoes malolactic fermentation to enhance body and add a subtle creaminess that beautifully complements the bright, fresh fruit flavors of the wine. Once blended, the wine is aged for six months in new French Oak, which imparts warm toasty almond and vanilla notes.
The 2016 vintage opens with bright aromas of yellow apple, pear, vanilla custard, toasted hazelnut and freshly turned out bread dough. The inviting aromas lead to a silky mouthfeel with lush flavors of tropical pineapple and guava fruit, crème anglaise and lingering buttered toast notes. The Custard Chardonnay is richly textured and well-balanced with juicy fruit and lively acidity.
This wine is very food-friendly and is excellent alongside a wide variety of dishes including Butternut Squash Ravioli, Fettuccini Alfredo, fresh Dungeness crab and roasted seasonal vegetables.
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Quality, diverse wines
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The vineyards and wines of California's North Coast are recognized worldwide for their quality and diversity. There is a sense of place that identifies the region as well as the people. From the days of the Gold Rush of 1849, this part of the state has embodied the pioneering spirit and innovation that still energizes California wine today.
Our sourcing strategy for the Chardonnay has been to include the renowned, cooler appellations, including Los Carneros from Napa and Sonoma as well the coastal influenced Mendocino region. The inclusion of these premium appellations enhances quality offers consistency of style and flavor.
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