Ahhhh a refreshing Chardonnay to cool off a warm night. The Dreaming Tree Chardonnay is part of a line of wines (both red and white) produced by Dave Matthews and Steve Reeder of Simi Wines. The two of them went out to craft a Chardonnay that they felt best represented the Central Coast of California. In Steve’s mind, the Central Coast of California is ideal for Chardonnay’s that are at their best being citrus fruit forward.
Tasting tips: Depending on climate and terroir, Chardonnay typically has dominant notes in one of three kinds of fruit — tree fruit, citrus fruit or tropical fruit.
Thanks to a moderate and sunny climate that stayed relatively consistent throughout the 2012 vintage, yields were high and the Chardonnay grapes turned out to be bursting with citrus flavor. While the Dreaming Tree Chardonnay does have bright citrus notes (I also get a lot of tree fruit), Dave and Steve decided to age the wine for 9 months within a combination of oak and steel casks. This helped balance the already well balanced grape yields further by adding a smokey touch.
Dreaming Tree Chardonnay Tasting Notes
In the glass, this Chardonnay emits hues of early fall hay barrel. Crisp light yellow straw with a subtle mustard hint. On the nose we get crisp pear and green apple aromas with lightly toasted… toast. Overall a medium bodied wine. the opening palate of the Dreaming Tree Chardonnay is inviting, refreshing, crisp and melon-forward. Lemon-peel, more pear and white Asian spice creep around the taste buds. Mid-palate, a subtle smokiness shows a bit more of itself with some playful notes of thyme and spring flowers. Towards the finish, the wine rises in brightness and we get some very refreshing acid over a medium finish of lemon-spice and grapefruit.
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The Dreaming Tree Chardonnay was a lot of fun. It’s got a nice balance between citrus and tree fruit, but it’s also not overly oaky. Really well balanced and a little bright on the finish, which makes it pair well with cod, bluefish or tilapia. Honestly any dry or oily whitefish is worth trying alongside this vin. Both the 2012 and 2013 vintages offered flavor-packed grapes that were allowed to mature without stress under the Central Coast of California’s protective fog.