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Redstone Chardonnay

Redstone Reserve Chardonnay Wine Details

Description: The hand-harvested grapes were grown in our Redstone Vineyard at a commanding vista of 5,800 feet in altitude. The long, cool growing season creates intensely flavored fruit which holds its acidity very well. Our Redstone Reserve Chardonnay is harvested late in the season. The mountain climate of the Paonia area creates this sterling example of a crisply structured and richly flavored Chardonnay reminiscent of French white burgundies. The wine was 100% barrel fermented at cool temperatures to preserve the unique fruit flavors. Partial malolactic fermentation adds a rich texture and softens the wine, but the acidic balance keeps the wine vibrant on the palate. Aging in American and Hungarian oak barrels accentuates the wine’s buttery, nutty aromas. Spicy apple flavors enhance the lingering finish.

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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