A collaboration between Clos LaChance winery and WineStyles, our RICH white wine is a great starting point to experience “wine styles” flavor profiles. This wine embodies the characteristics of a typical RICH wine style category. Aromas of sweet oak and citrus, medium bodied with flavors of pear and a light creamy finish. Pairs with creamy sauces, oily fish, turkey or pork. Enjoy with Havarti or Swiss cheese.
Clos LaChance winery is a multi-generational family-owned and operated winery. Located within the Central Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA), tucked into the beautiful Hayes Valley in San Martin, California. Being good stewards of land and resources, the Close LaChance Winery and Estate Vineyard is proud to be Certified Sustainable by the California Sustainable Wine Growing Alliance.
Rich White Wine 2020 Vintage
CLOS LACHANCE VINEYARDS
2020 was another tremendous vintage for wine production in the Santa Clara Valley, marking four straight years of excellent quality partnered with average yields. The 2020 growing season started with a mild winter leading into a temperate spring. Early May brought a few significant rain events which were untimely with some varietals in full bloom. These rainstorms hindered the yields of some of the early season ripening varietals, such as Viognier and Marsanne. Luckily only a minor portion of the vineyard suffered from these bloom time rain events. The summer months brough even temperatures and no significant heat spikes, or prolonged heat events. The mild summer continued into the fall, where temperatures were seasonable to slightly below average. All of this came together with extended hang time giving us bold flavors and rich tannins. 2020 will continue the line of extraordinary quality and will be right in line with the flavors and components we are seeing in the 2018 and 2019 vintages.
The Rich Wine is made in a traditional California style method. The grapes are whole cluster pressed to stainless steel tanks where there are cold settled at 45 degrees for 48 hours. The juice is then racked into oak barrels where it is aged and fermented on 25% New French oak and 75% Neutral French oak. The wine is aged “sur lie”, meaning that the wine is stirred periodically to reincorporate the lees to increase mouthfeel and body of the wine. The wine is aged on oak for 16 months in which it develops the creamy and oaky characteristics that make this wine stand out.
Color: Bright light straw
Aroma: Nutmeg, slate, peaches
Structure: Medium acid and body
Flavors: Nectarine, baked brie, green apple
Food Pairings: Scallops, goat cheese, sushi
Cheese Pairings: Havarti, Swiss
Vineyard: Central Coast Vineyards, California
Blend: 70% Chardonnay, 30% Semillon
Aged: 16 months on 40% New French Oak –60% Neutral French Oak
Harvest date: 9/15-9/30
Average Brix at Harvest: 24.0
Rich Pairing Recipes
Explore more Styles
There’s no doubt that picking the perfect wine can be an overwhelming experience. That’s why we decided to take the guesswork out of shopping by categorizing our bottles in eight easy to understand styles including: Crisp, Silky, Rich, Bold, Mellow, Fruity, Bubbly, and Nectar. Each wine features a description listing the wine’s characteristics, flavors and suggested food pairings.
- Refreshing, clean, bright
- Flavors of citrus, apple & pear
- Pairs with salads, flaky fish, shellfish, spicy dishes, cheese
- Creamy, toasty, adaptable
- Flavors of vanilla, honey & melon
- Pairs with pasta, chicken, fish, soft cheese
- Oaky, buttery, lavish
- Flavors of caramel, tropical fruit, peach & spice
- Pairs with creamy sauces, oily fish, turkey, pork
- Fruit forward, jammy grapey
- Flavors of raspberry, strawberry & blueberry
- Pairs with salads, pizza, salmon chicken
- Round, velvety, smooth
- Flavors of cherry, berry, herbs & earth
- Pairs with pasta, veal, pork, beef, lamb
- Intense, complex, heavy
- Flavors of coffee, pepper & licorice
- Pairs with hearty and spicy dishes, complex flavors, hard cheeses
- Effervescent and festive
- Flavors of apple, mineral, vanilla, toast & nuts
- Pairs with hors d’oeuvres, desserts, berries, chocolate
- Sweet, enticing, seductive
- Flavors of raisins, nuts, peaches & cream
- Pairs with desserts, strong cheeses, cigars
We’ve simplified the wine pairing process and made it easy with our exclusive wine “styles” concept above. However, if you’d like to dive deeper into the reasons why certain foods taste better with certain wines, let’s explore the tastes together.
In a general sense, the wine your are drinking should be sweeter than the food it is paired with. Otherwise, the wine will taste bitter and tart. As an example, desserts are best paired with a Port or Sherry wine, an after dinner wine. BUBBLY semi-sweet sparkling wines could also be paired with fruit desserts.
Bold & Spicy Foods
Barbecue sauces need to be equally paired with BOLD and spicy wines, such as Shiraz, Malbec or Zinfandel, so they don’t over power your palate. If your burger or meat is seasoned, consider pairing with a BOLD Syrah wine with spicy notes.
Spicy & Sweet Foods
Spicy Asian, Thai or Indian foods can be tamed with dry Rieslings, Torrontes, Sauvignon Blanc, Vouvrays or Gewürztraminer.
Roasted, broiled or barbecued beef dishes pair well with BOLD wines, such as Cabernet Sauvignon varietals. Lamb, wild game such as venison, wild boar, hearty vegetable dishes and strong cheeses also pair well with Malbec and Tempranillo BOLD wines. Depending on the seasoning or sauces, chicken is ideally served with RICH or SILKY Chardonnays.
Be sure your wine has a higher acidity than the food it is paired with. Steer clear of a buttery Chardonnay and a salad with vinaigrette.
Earthy & Rustic Foods
Old World recipes tend to pair well with Old World wines (European). These pair well with rustic recipes from Italy, Spain and France. Chianti pairs well with Tuscan cuisine, from sausage to grilled meats and ripe cheeses. Pastas pair well with Cabernet Sauvignon. Other earthy foods, such as mushrooms and truffles pair well with MELLOW wines, such as Pinot Noir.
Fish and shellfish recipes can be paired with light, CRISP white wines like Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc, served lightly chilled. Salmon or fatty fish with rich sauces, pairs well with SILKY white wines from the New World (California, Chile or Australia).
Serving a dish with a lot of fresh herbs and veggies, consider white wines that are SILKY, such as Albariño, Grüner Veltliner, Vermentino grape varietals.