Each vintage of Smoking Loon provides winemakers Greg Kitchens and Gloria Mercado-Martin the perfect excuse to have a little fun and indulge their inner loons a bit. They start by scouring the best growing regions across the globe for the best fruit of the season. Then, as is the bohemian way, they gently guide that fruit to its fullest potential, creating fruit-forward reds and whites that offer a keen blend of approachability, quality and value.
For Smoking Loon's 11th Vintage—our Steel Anniversary—we created our 2011 Smoking Loon "Steelbird" Chardonnay. (Why celebrate 11? It's simple, we were having so much fun we missed our 10th…) It's distinctively different, and definitely an original. We kicked the oak to the curb, aging this wine for 8 months in 100% stainless steel and sourced grapes that were picked early in the season. The result is a stark departure from our regular Smoking Loon Chardonnay; less weight, higher acidity, pure fruit without any distractions, finishing very clean and crisp. This medium-bodied wine pairs perfectly with a wide variety of dishes, from honey-lime shrimp tacos, to savory stuffed mushrooms or even a simple Caesar salad.