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Oso Libre Wines

2012 Vino D'Oro

2012 Vino D'Oro


90 Points, Gold Medal

100% Chardonnay

From the hilltops of the Abernathy Vineyard in the Adelaida region of Paso Robles, this delicate golden wine is focused on perfect balance.


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Crafted to convey the spirit of the Oso Libre style, it offers fruity citrus and floral notes which give the wine a fresh character. In keeping with traditional California style Chardonnay, the desirable creamy vanilla aromas permeate the long finish. Winemaking Notes: From 100% single vineyard grapes, we hand picked and vineyard sorted on a very cold morning in September. The grapes cold soaked for two days before heading straight to the press. To achieve the perfect balance, the must was divided. Half of it was cold fermented on stainless steel and half in barrels. The wine in stainless steel was not allowed to undergo malo-lactic fermentation while the wine in barrel completed malo-lactic fermentation. The wine was then aged for eight months in 50% stainless steel, 25% new French oak and 25% seasoned French oak only to be blended just before bottling. This treatment maintained the fruit and mineral qualities of the grapes, while still offering the supple creamy characters of traditional Chardonnay.

Wine Specs

Vintage 2012
Varietal Chardonnay
Appellation Paso Robles
Vineyard Designation Abernathy
Alcohol % 14.9
Wine Enthusiast 90

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(Oct 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM)

And what to drink with Thai food. Well, my suggestion would be a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The perfect combination of fruit and crispness to cut through the spicy and sweet food. So which of the many incredible New Zealand wines did we choose...ummm oops the pantry is currently empty so we had to make do. We had opened a California Chardonnay, one of my least favorite wines actually, as they usually are too oaky, too much alcohol, too buttery, too hard to match with food but, I say BUT, on our recent trip to Paso Robles we happened too stumble upon (we had visited ALOT of wineries that day) a really cool, small family winery called Oso Libre, and lo and behold a shining golden moment. a chardonnay made from the grape and not the barrel.(really people, some Chards, you should just dump in the sink and suck on an oak branch same flavor profiles). Now this is wine to have with food, the bright flavors and crisp acidity complemented the flavors of the food perfectly. Alas ( does anyone say Alas anymore) we only had a half bottle, so into the wine fridge to find something else cold and out came a California Sauvignon Blanc, should be perfect right? Not so much, one of hundreds if not thousands of generic California wines , this particular brand while not offensive was bland, I would say its flavor profile was..........cold. Pull off the label and this could of been any white wine you find in your local grocery store, not bad but certainly not good. So if you can find Oso Libre, buy it. As Oso Libre is such a small winery, you may be better ordering online

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Gerrie Hatten
(Oct 20, 2015 at 9:12 PM)

This is an excellent Chardonnay. It has just the right amount of oak and butter to allow those of a certain age to recognize that this as a chadonnay, but not so much as to overwhelm the palate. Oso Libre is well known for their reds. The Vino D'Oro Chardonnay sits well beside them. Highly recommended and I will be purchasing more.

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