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Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay

Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: The Mt. Eden clone of Chardonnay has a significant impact in the rich quality of this estate grown wine. This unique clone of Chardonnay was brought to the Santa Cruz Mountains in the 19th Century by Paul Masson from the Corton-Charlemagne Vineyard in Burgundy. To this day this clone remains almost exclusively in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Mt. Eden clone Chardonnay lends itself quite well to the cool, marine influenced, climate of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Ripe tropical fruit abounds in the 2001 vintage. Full, rich and supple, the flavors linger to a smoky sweet oak finish. Firm natural acidity gives the wine structure to allow for cellaring. This vintage is one of the best to come from Regan Vineyards and the wine is expected to age gracefully for 3-5 years.

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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