2016 Quail Creek California Chardonnay

Winery

Quail Creek is a range of tasty “everyday” wines that offer great value at a low price. You may be familiar with Quail Creek if you have shopped at Whole Foods, an upscale US supermarket chain that frequently offers this wine as a featured selection. The low prices and consistent quality make a bottle of Quail Creek an obvious choice to throw into the shopping cart as you browse the aisles composing the evening’s meal. Quail Creek is owned by the Bronco Wine Company. Though located near Modesto, CA., Bronco owns and markets wineries and brands from throughout California, the West Coast, Latin America and Europe. Indeed, the mind-boggling list of labels associated with Bronco would lead one to suppose the company is just another giant drinks conglomerate. Yet, the company is owned by a family that can trace their roots in the California wine business to the 1930s. Unlike the typical giant beverage marketing machine, Bronco develops and operates vineyards and wineries, working closely with farmers and winemakers up and down the West Coast. With the largest vineyard holdings in California and by sourcing premium wine sold on the bulk market, the company can offer consumers wines for every occasion. If you are looking for a wine to accompany a midweek meal or for a wine to serve to large groups at a festival or seasonal fair, Quail Creek is an excellent choice.

Wine

A lighter style of Chardonnay, this wine aims to please with aromas of pear and green apple and flavors of tropical fruit and peach. Refreshing acidity and mineral qualities as well as a touch of oak give the wine complexity and make it a rather satisfying drink. A great value. Try it with tarragon chicken or lightly-sauced pork dishes or serve as an aperitif with tapas. 

Winemaking

Fermented in stainless tank with some aging in oak.

Tasting notes

Aromas of pear accented with floral notes lead to a medium-bodied palate and flavors of pineapple and peach. As more vanilla emerges on the soft finish, the wine exhibits nice length. 

Appellation

California

Varietal

Chardonnay, French Colombard, Proprietors Dry White

Size

750ml

Closure

Cork

Alcohol

12.5%

UPC

081054 534406