Wine Maker Notes
Crafted to celebrate Smoking Loon’s 11th Vintage—our Steel Anniversary—our 2011 Smoking Loon “Steelbird” is a Chardonnay with a difference. We kicked the oak to the curb aging this wine for 8 months in 100% stainless steel. The wine opens with a lovely floral bouquet oforange blossom and honeysuckle, followed by notes of apricot, pear nectar and ruby red grapefruit. This medium-bodied wine is bright and vibrant on the palate, with refreshing flavors of Meyer lemon, Honeycrispapple, and stone fruit with a touch of creme fraiche.The grapes for Steelbird were picked early to ensure naturally elevated levels of acidity. A portion of the wine blend was given extended lees contact to impart a bit of structure and creaminess. The result is a stark departure from our regular Smoking Loon Chardonnay; less weight,higher acidity, pure fruit without any distractions, finishing very clean and crisp.
85% Chardonnay, 7% Vermentino, 6% Symphony, 2% VerdelhoAPPELLATION CaliforniaWINEMAKER Greg KitchensALCOHOL 13.5%PH 3.48 TA 6.6g/LRS 2.6g/L
It will pair nicely with a wide variety of dishes, from honey-lime shrimp tacos, to savory stuffed mushrooms or even a simple Caesar salad.