Lemon Curd, Lemon Marmalade, Lemon Meringue, Lemon Sorbet, Lemon Zest, Lemon Verbena, and my favorite Key Lime Pie! Oh, wait, how did that get in there?
What’s all the lemon about? I had to have some catchy title to entice you to this post, although I’m not sure that a bunch of lemons would necessarily do that. Oh well, no time to dally, onward I go.
In deciding this week’s “Wine of the Week,” I was intrigued by a certain Chardonnay whose name I had not only seen before but have had the opportunity to try, albeit many years ago.
FEL Chardonnay Anderson Valley 2016
What intrigued me about the winery is that it’s a sister winery (apologies if that isn’t the term used by the winery) of Cliff Lede, which was founded in 2002 and FEL in 2009. FEL was named after Cliff’s mother “Florence Elsie Lede.” The wines coming from the Anderson Valley and the Sonoma Coast, focusing on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. They make a couple of Estate Wines from their Savoy Vineyards in the Anderson Valley as well and they have a strong commitment to sustainable farming.
This particular Chardonnay is primarily sourced from the Estate Vineyard called Savoy with a smaller percentage from another grower and their Ferrington Vineyard. What really makes this Chard so interesting in my mind (what little there is left of it) is that they made the wine using no oak and not allowing the wine to undergo malolactic fermentation. This gives the wine a brightness of flavor unmasked by oak. As you might guess from the title the wine has a “Lemon” quality to it! There’s also a stone fruit nuance to go along with the very nice and crisp acidity of the wine.
I very much enjoyed this wine and, as I usually do, paired it with a nice dinner of Broiled Arctic Char with “Lemon” Sauce next to a side (rather large side) of Asparagus and Roasted Carrots. Great combo if I do say so myself, which I can since, as I’ve mentioned before, this is my blog!!
With a retail price at the winery of $32, I find this price to be commensurate with the quality of the wine. If you’re a lover of unoaked Chardonnays or looking for a great wine to go with that fish or shellfish dinner, I highly recommend you give this wine a try.