Friday Wine Down: Martin Craig Luminist Chardonnay

Welcome to the Friday Wine Down! What a week it’s been – doesn’t a glass of wine sound perfect right about now? Here at GiftTree, we’re collectors, sippers and enthusiasts, and when we find a very special bottle, we just can’t keep ourselves from sharing! From Chardonnay on a casual night out to a rare Cabernet for special occasions, every week we’ll feature a fantastic wine available in our gifts. Onward!

This Week’s Friday Wine Down: Martin Craig Luminist Chardonnay

About This Wine

With a brightness that can only be claimed by Sonoma County’s sun-soaked Russian River Valley, Luminist Chardonnay is a limited-release boutique wine. It’s made in collaboration renowned winemaker Glenn Hugo. Sonoma County’s prestigious regions for growing Chardonnay offer a distinct profile, and the Russian River Valley brings elegance and richness.

Tasting Notes

Aged in new French oak barrels, this is a vibrant Russian River Chardonnay. Boasts radiant aromas of orange blossom and lemon zest. Balanced by apricot and peach notes, with a light oak finish. Light-bodied and food-friendly, Luminist shows a focused, brilliant acidity on the finish.

Blend

100% Chardonnay

Suggestions for Serving & Pairing

The refreshing acidity in Luminist pairs perfectly with poached salmon topped with lemon aioli, tiger prawns sautéed in garlic butter, a warm vegetable risotto terrine, or bay scallops in a tarragon cream sauce.

Try Martin Craig’s Luminist Chardonnay in a few of our favorite gift baskets – The Monterey – where it’s paired with three more companion wines and a whole lot of gourmet pairings.

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Have you had a chance to try the Luminist? What did you think? What’s your favorite Chardonnay?

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Barrel Burner 2016 Central Coast Chardonnay

The California Wine Club

Tasting Notes: With enticing aromas of apple blossoms, buttery brioche and white peach, this slightly floral Chardonnay integrates classic oak nuances of vanilla, clove and hazelnut, with a luscious, creamy texture that lingers on the tongue. Notes of melon, citrus and honeysuckle add to the complexity of this full-bodied wine, which finishes with an alluring richness. 91 Points, California State Fair Final Blend: 100% Chardonnay Case Production: Only 1,000 cases produced Pair With: White meats, cream-based foods, or simply on its own Hold Time: Enjoy now or hold  up to 3 years Alcohol by Volume: 13.5% Cheers to another unique wine club find!

Price: $11.99

Order: Barrel Burner 2016 Central Coast Chardonnay
STD1-19-2

Casal da Coelheira 2016 Reserva Chardonnay

The California Wine Club

Tasting Notes: Aromatic with hints of fresh apple, pear, and white peach. Notes of toastiness on the palate with Meyer lemon, peach, and pear. Elegant and well-balanced, with good body and refreshing acidity. Well-structured and velvety smooth with a clean finish. 90 Points/Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast Final Blend: 80% Chardonnay, 20% Arinto Pair With: Grilled fish or white meat dishes Hold Time: Enjoy now or hold up to 7 years Alcohol by Volume: 13.5% Cheers to another unique international wine club find!

Price: $19.00

Order: Casal da Coelheira 2016 Reserva Chardonnay
IWC1-19-2

Cloisonne Wines 2016 Napa Valley Chardonnay

The California Wine Club

Tasting Notes: Elegant aromas of Granny Smith apples, white flowers and citrus notes. Crisp acidity with flavors of apple, citrus, minerality, and a wisp of oak. Finishes clean and bright. Final Blend: 100% Chardonnay Case Production: Only 636 cases produced Pair With: Roasted chicken, shellfish/richer seafood dishes, the winemaker’s own recipe for Prosciutto Grilled Scallops, or as an apéritif Hold Time: Enjoy now or hold 3 years Alcohol by Volume: 12% Cheers to another unique wine club find!

Price: $14.99

Order: Cloisonne Wines 2016 Napa Valley Chardonnay
STD12-18-2

ONE Flock 2016 California Chardonnay

The California Wine Club

Tasting Notes: With a lovely golden hue, this small-lot artisan wine is made with premium fruit sourced from top winegrowing regions in Northern California and the Central Coast. In the glass, the wine immediately comes alive with charming scents of ripe tropical fruits, fresh-cut melon, citrus, roasted cashews and underlying layers of spice. The flavor prophile is loaded with dazzling notes of fresh mango, papaya, Golden Delicious apple, white peach, creamy lemon custard, and nuances of nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla. Graceful, easy-drinking and very food-friendly, it’s a classy Chardonnay that is ready to please from the first sip to the last. 93 Points, Christopher Sawyer, Sommelier to the Stars Case Production: Only 933 cases produced Pair With: Creamy cheeses, gourmet salads with fresh fruit, pan-seared scallops with lemon butter and citrus peel, grilled chicken skewers with tangy aioli, or pork tenderloin stuffed with tropical fruit chutney Cheers to another unique wine club find!

Price: $16.00

Order: ONE Flock 2016 California Chardonnay
CCS8-18-8

Shannon Ridge 2016 Old Pearl California Chardonnay

The California Wine Club

Tasting Notes: Enjoy ripe Fuji apple, pear and melon enveloped in juicy vanilla oak. Final Blend: 100% Chardonnay Case Production: Only 2,000 cases produced Pair With: Mild and sweet shellfish in a rich, creamy sauce or drawn butter, or with sweet spices including nutmeg, cinnamon and dried ginger Hold Time: Enjoy now or hold 5 years Alcohol by Volume: 13.7% Cheers to another unique wine club find!

Price: $13.99

Order: Shannon Ridge 2016 Old Pearl California Chardonnay
STD11-18-2