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Chardonnay Wilkening Vineyard

Chardonnay Wilkening Vineyard Reserve Wine Details
Price: $35.00 per bottle

Description: Quoting Robert Parker, Jr.. The Wine Advocate, Issue #149 with regard to the similar '01. The Chardonnay Wilkening Vineyard Reserve may be one of the best bargains in California Chardonnay. No malolactic was performed in order to retain its focus and vigor, and the fruit was picked extremely ripe. The wine spent nine months on its lees before being bottled. A beautiful perfume of ripe citrus, honeysuckle, peach and earth is followed by a full-bodied, concentrated, powerful yet graceful Chardonnay with pure, vivid fruit. It should drink well for 4-5 years, possibly longer.” 94 points!!! This is a spectacular new release!!

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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