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Wascher Vineyard Chardonnay

Wascher Vineyard Chardonnay Wine Details
Price: $26.00 per bottle

Description: To make a classic Chardonnay in the Burgundian sense, with both richness and restraint, elegance and agability, one must be committed to bringing the same painstaking detail to the Chardonnay winemaking that one brings to Pinot Noir. Low yields, indigenous yeasts where possible, and, to get the best possible expression of an individual vineyard's terroir, a rigourous barrel-by-barrel selection is made pre-bottling, selecting only those which best express the vineyard's character. The percentage of new French oak is also paramount, and must not be too high, or the terroir of the vineyard risks being obscured. After some 14 months in barrel and one in vat, our Wascher Vineyard Chardonnay is bottled and left to further round out in bottle until its release date, a full two years after the harvest.

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.
Pinot Noir:
The name is derived from the French words for ‘pine’ and ‘black’ alluding to the varietals' tightly clustered dark purple pine cone shaped bunches of fruit. Pinot Noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. It is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine. By volume most Pinot Noir in America is grown in California with Oregon coming in second. Other regions are Washington State and New York.During 2004 and the beginning of 2005, Pinot Noir became considerably more popular amongst consumers in the United States, possibly because of the movie Sideways. Being lighter in style, it has benefited from a trend toward more restrained, less alcoholic wines. It is the delicate, subtle, complex and elegant nature of this wine that encourages growers and winemakers to cultivate this difficult grape. Robert Parker has described Pinot Noir: "When it's great, Pinot Noir produces the most complex, hedonistic, and remarkably thrilling red wine in the world."


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