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Chardonnay Wine Details

Description: The 2004 Kestrel Chardonnay is a powerful and particularly well balanced Chardonnay. It is rich and full bodied wine, bursting with mineral, citrus, apple, and spice. As the layers unfold a floral element seems to enchant the wine, as it dances across the mineral backbone. The aromas and flavors linger on the palate for what seems to be an eternity. This wine shows the full potential of Washington State Chardonnay and the Wente clone in particular.

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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