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Chardonnay Blackjack Ranch Vineyard

Chardonnay Blackjack Ranch Vineyard Reserve Wine Details
Price: $35.00 per bottle

Description: All three of our Reserve chardonnays are whole cluster pressed, cold settled, barrel fermented in French oak, and aged on the lees for 8-10 months. This is the one and only traditional method to produce great chardonnay. Crisp acidity, and a layered, mineral-laced honeysuckle-scented and flavored personality with hints of orange marmalade, pears, ripe apples, and butter. The 2004 has a steely nerve center and is very well delineated. Drink it over the next 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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