Toad Hollow Chardonnay Flows With Summer

It was THE quintessential summer night.
The kind of night I try to remember in the dead of winter.
The warm feel of the evening breeze;
The relentless droning of the cicadas;
the moonlight making everything glow!

So of course we sat outdoors, soaking in the experience.  Even the bonfire seemed to enjoy the perfect evening, flames leaping high.

I opened the Toad Hollow Unoaked Chardonnay, looking for a wine with a summer attitude.

Toad Hollow creates this wine from Mendocino County grapes, where warm days and cool evenings create the perfect balance of ripe fruit and clean acidity.  The grapes enjoy a cool and slow fermentation, allowing the fruit to fully develop.  The juice does undergo malolactic fermentation and spends some time on the lees to develop a rich mouthfeel as a balance to the bright fruits and acidity. No oak is used in the wine’s production–aging takes place in stainless steel.

HERE IS THE WOW!
The light color of this Chardonnay reflects the firelight.

Aromas of tropical fruits and baked apple mingle with ripe melon.  The palate shows deliciously bright fruits of pear and apple along with mango and pineapple held in a light body with some pleasing roundness.  The finish highlights citrus notes and clean acidity that lingers on and on.

The flames flickered, the cicadas buzzed their chorus, the moon shimmered, and this refreshing Chardonnay provided gulps of summer goodness.

THIS WINE IS A WOW! FOR:
Enjoying by the fire on a summer night;

Sipping alongside lighter meat or pasta dishes;
A Chardonnay drinker who enjoys fresh fruit without the interference of oak.

About the author: Sue Navratil

2 comments to “Toad Hollow Chardonnay Flows With Summer”

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  1. Lee Hodo - Jul 18, 2016 Reply

    Fantastic original review and real perspective on how we drink wine!

  2. Sue Navratil - Jul 18, 2016 Reply

    Thank you Lee! I am a summer girl.. and with the right wine, it becomes magical!

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