Text Size:-+
04.13.2004

2000 Mi Sueño Cellars Chardonnay, Los Carneros

It is good to have dreams. For Rolando Herrera, since he first set foot in the wine cellars at Stags Leap at the beginning of his career in wine, the dream was always to create his own wine. Now nearly 20 years later, that dream is embodied both literally and figuratively in his wines at Mi Sueño ("my dream")Cellars. Lucky for us, Herrera chooses to share his dreams, even if they are in volumes of less than 500 cases.

This is a classic Carneros Chardonnay in the modern California style (heavy on the new oak, and cool weather tropical fruit flavors) but not so esoteric in its construction that it won't be drinkable with food. Indeed, it garnered much attention in the last couple of years be being a favorite at White House dinners.

Tasting Notes:
Gorgeous mead yellow in the glass, this wine is redolent with tropical fruit flavors, some of the most distinct and luscious I've smelled in a while: papaya, mango, and pinapple. Also integrted into the nose is a definite aroma of oak, and just a hint of meyer lemon. In the mouth the wine is reasonably balanced, but leans a little heavy towards oak for my tastes, with flavors of kiwi, grapefruit, butter, cream, and sweet oak. This wine has a spectacular, long finish, that is very satisfying.

Food Pairing:
This is a wine that requires the right food pairing -- the mildest dishes will be overwhelmed by the wine, and will tend to make the oak flavors bitter. Look for rich, cream based sauces with meats and pastas. If you wanted to serve this wine with an appetizer, I might suggest smoked trout cakes with horseradish cream.

Overall Score: 8.5/9

How much?: I paid $35, but since the 2001 is out, the 2000 prices have gone up a bit.

I got my bottle through Porthos (they are currently selling the '01) and you may still be able to get reasonable prices on the 2000 from various places on the Internet. Try Wine Searcher.

Buy My Book!

small_final_covershot_dropshadow.jpg A wine book like no other. Photographs, essays, and wine recommendations. Learn more.

Follow Me On:

Twitter Instagram Delectable Flipboard Pinterest

Most Recent Entries

Vinography Unboxed: Week of May 4, 2015 Vinography Images: A Shaggy Guardian Vinography Unboxed: Week of April 26, 2015 Vinography Images: Above the Coast 2015 Seven Percent Solution Tasting: May 6, San Francisco Imagining a Better Future for the Soils of Champagne A Brief Video Lesson in Champagne Disgorgement Vinography Images: The World of the Leaf Book Signing on May 9th, at Raymond Vineyards in Napa Doorman: Changing My Wine Delivery Life

Favorite Posts From the Archives

Wine Will Never Smell the Same Again: Luca Turin and the Science of Scent Forlorn Hope: The Remarkable Wines of Matthew Rorick Debating Robert Parker At His Invitation Passopisciaro Winery, Etna, Sicily: Current Releases Should We Care What Winemakers Say? The Sweet Taste of Freedom: Austria's Ruster Ausbruch Wines 2009 Burgundy Vintage According to Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Charles Banks: The New Man Behind Mayacamas Wine from the Caldera: The Incredible Viticulture of Santorini Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Chateau Rayas and the 2012 Vintage of Chateauneuf-du-Pape A Life Indomitable: The Wines of Casal Santa Maria, Portugal Bay Area Bordeaux: Tasting Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernets Forgotten Jewels: Reviving Chile's Old Vine Carignane The First-Timer's Guide to Les Trois Glorieuses of Hospices de Beaune

Archives by Month

 

Required Reading for Wine Lovers

The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson Wine Grapes The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson to cork or not to cork by George Taber reading between the vines by Terry Theise adventures on the wine route by Kermit Lynch Love By the Glass by Dorothy Gaiter & John Brecher Noble Rot by William Echikson The Science of Wine by Jamie Goode The Judgement of Paris by George Taber The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil The Botanist and the Vintner by Christy Campbell The Emperor of Wine by Elin McCoy The Taste of Wine by Emile Peynaud