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Chardonnay Wine Details
Price: $19.00 per bottle

Description: Our 2004 Chardonnay was made in a manner to emphasize the fruit character in balance with the oak. A portion of the blend was barrel fermented, while the other portion was stainless fermented. This resulted in a wine with wonderful apple, pear and citrus notes, accented by some caramel and toasted coconut aromas from the barrels. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, and there are hints of tropical fruit on the 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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