2020 No Name Santa Barbara County Chardonnay
This Chardonnay is a total CA babe. It’s vibrant and fresh with a silky palate and touch of sea salt on the finish. In short, it’s an all-around crowd pleaser.
Organic farming practices and only 90 cases produced.
Argaux and Amlière Imports have been built on the idea of supporting good wine made by good people that is easy and accessible for everyone. No Name is a project that developed after years of establishing relationships with winemakers who feel the same sense of purpose – that wine should be thoughtfully crafted by people who care about the vineyards, take pride in the process of making it, and create a product that is delicious and unique to its home. That is why we teamed up with Marc Piro, one of our most-trusted winemakers, to create the No Name project. We wanted to create cool-climate California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, that was both affordable and high-quality.
After winning a scholarship that placed him at Au Bon Climat in 2012, Marc was lucky enough to be mentored by legendary winemakers, Jim Clendenen and Bob Lindquist. Over the years, Marc has perfected his craft and developed his own style, which focuses on balance, structure, elegance, and drinkability.
Marc and the Argaux team created the special blend together for our 2019 No Name Pinot Noir. The region, attention to detail, quality of the fruit, and the skill and passion of the winemaker are what make these wines stand out. We are incredibly proud of this wine. It is a special project to us, but the wine speaks for itself.
As one of the most popular grapes for growing and consuming, Chardonnay can be made in a wide range of styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. These styles can vary from a sparkling Blanc de Blanc, or fresh fermented in stainless steel, to rich and creamy white wine aged in oak barrels. While Chardonnay can flourish in many environments, in its homeland of Burgundy it can produce some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. Whereas from California it can produce both oaky, buttery styles as well as leaner, European-inspired wines. A Somm secret: the Burguny subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style with high levels of acidity. Most people who do not like oaky/buttery Chardonnay may likely enjoy Chablis. Notable regions for this grape include Burgundy (and Chablis) in France, Central Coast, Napa, and Sonoma in CA, and Western Australia. When pairing with meals, consider the characteristics, flavors, and acidity of your food first. You always want to try to match the same characteristics and intensities with your wine. No brainer pairing options include seafood, salads, and white meat. Chardonnay, with its vast versatility, is everyone’s best friend.
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
When we speak of Central Coast, CA were including numerous diverse regions from Santa Cruz down through Santa Barbara counties. This encompasses smaller areas such as Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, Monterey AVA, Paso Robles AVA, Santa Maria Valley AVA, Santa Ynez Valley AVA, and Sta. Rita Hills AVA. The Central Coast is responsible for many great value wines from a multitude of grape varietals depending on the climate within the specific designated areas. From the coastal AVA’s with influence from the fog and cooling effects, you will find Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The inland AVA’s are much warmer, like Paso Robles, so look here for outstanding Syrah, Grenache, Zinfandel, or Rhône-style blends.