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2000 "Silver Label" Chardonnay

2000 "Silver Label" Chardonnay Wine Details

Description: We have gone back and forth on the question of whether we want to make Silver Label a permanent part of our chardonnay line-up. We have decided that we will. In the past, the vineyard lots that might have contributed to Silver Label production went either to Gold Label in the best vintages or to White Label in standard vintages. Once in a while, we couldn't make up our minds and made a Silver Label! With increasing vineyard maturity and vine age (and with steadily improving vineyard management techniques), we have come to the conclusion that we should reserve certain vineyard blocks exclusively for Gold Label — and certain other blocks for Silver Label. As you will gather from this preamble, the wine has characteristics that are mid-way between the White Label and the Gold Label: the freshness and lively acidity of White Label, the richness and complexity of the Gold Label. The price is intermediate too!

Varietal Definition
Chardonnay is by far the most widely planted grape crop in California and dominates California’s cooler, coastal, quality wine regions. The natural varietal ‘taste and smell’ of Chardonnay is surprisingly unfamiliar to many wine drinkers, as its true character is often guised with dominating winemaking signatures. Chardonnay’s rather subdued primary fruit characteristics lean toward the crisp fruitiness of apples, pears and lemon, but the variety’s full body is capable of supporting a host of complementary characteristics, such as oak, butter and vanilla. Regardless of what is the appropriate style for Chardonnay, the varietal continues to dominate vineyard plantings in every corner of the world. Close attention to clonal selection has made this broad geographic and climactic range of Chardonnay viable in thoughtful viticultural hands.


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