My adventures in California Wines continue with Mandolin Wines from Monterey.  I recently received two bottles; the 2012 Pinot Noir and the 2012 Chardonnay. 

The grapes for both of these wines were harvested from the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA on Monterey County, California.  This particular area is ideal for a long growing season and the cool climate grapes thrive here. 


The 2012 Mandolin Pinot Noir is finished with malo-lactic fermentation in French Oak for 8 months. This gives the wine a nice balanced acidity with full flavor.  I loved the berry fruit forward flavors of this Pinot Noir with hints of spices, and cedar.  The alcohol content sits at 14.6% yet is very smooth and easy drinking.

The 2012 Chardonnay is also barreled in French Oak for 10 months but does not undergo the malo-lactic fermentation which keeps the acidity very bright and crisp.  I tasted a bit of the oak but it was not overwhelming.  It has a very smooth tropical fruit flavor that pairs nicely with a wide variety of dishes.

Both wines retail for a bargain price of just $10-12.  These make the perfect Hostess Gifts for Holiday Parties or add them to your Christmas Gift Baskets!

For more information about Mandolin Wines, visit the official website: Mandolin Wines

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