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Prescott Winery just opened about two weeks ago, and it’s taken me about that long to get there. Located on Alarcon Street, just shy of downtown, their space is beautifully designed modern-style space complete with an outdoor patio. The wines served are all made by Tim White and include their own label, as well as the wines made for the sadly now-defunct Revelation Winery. Three of the wines on the flight are made with Arizona fruit, and we’re going to focus on one: the 2012 Heritage, because we really haven’t explored how Chardonnay expresses itself in Arizona terroir, except with the Wind, from Fire Mountain. It’s good that there’s a new winery in Prescott, since it is sorely in need of more wine culture, especially since I forsee Chino Valley growing and developing into a fourth major wine region in Arizona.
The Wine: As I mentioned above, the 2012 Heritage is 100% Chardonnay, coming from both Al Buhl Memorial Vineyards and Bonita Springs. The wine was aged both in stainless steel and netural French oak, and was made at the ASV facility. The idea behind the name was to focus on the rich historical tradition and heritage that Prescott holds for the state of Arizona–once a territorial capital and center of the state. It’s lighter in color than most Charddonay I’ve had from California, like previous Arizona expressions of this grape which I’ve encountered: a nice dandelion yellow/Napa Yellow according to my fun new color app.
The Nose: I have to say, the 2012 Heritage is a classic Arizona Chardonnay on the nose. Apple intermingles with slight pear notes, intermingled with creamy apircots, peach, starfruit, and honeydew. As the wine opens, notes of grass, nutmeg, and, oddly, coconut emerge, intermingled with a little bit of dust.
The Palate: This wine has a quite similar taste profile to The Wind, from Fire Mountain. There’s a slight hint of vanilla, intermingling with apricot, peach, crisp apples, pears, and nutmeg, with hints of citrus and sage. Again, classic Arizona Chardonnay, reminicent of the Dala I drank in a yet-to-be released podcast, and the Bodega Pierce Chardonnay, which was un-reviewed. The finish of the 2012 Heritage is long, lasting 24 seconds, and is full of fruit and the classic Willcox limestone minerality.
Pairing: Like the Wind, pair the 2012 Heritage with Fish and Chips, or better yet, some nice, slow-roasted chicken breasts, lightly smoked, with Herbs d’Provence. For a vegan pairing, go with slow-roasted squash blossoms and butternut squash soup.
Impression: The 2012 Heratige is a great introduction to the novice as to what Arizona Chardonnay is like, and therefore, how it’s different from versions of this popular grape from other parts of the world. It’s also a good, solid, medium-bodied white that should appeal to most white wine drinkers, even if they are not normally fond of Chardonnay.
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