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Chardonnay “Black Cap ” Estate

Chardonnay “Black Cap Reserve” Estate Wine Details
Price: $48.00 per bottle

Description: Perhaps one of the deepest, most concentrated chardonnays ever produced in Santa Barbara County. If you like 60 second finishes and incredibly bold fruit beautifully integrated with the oak, this is it. Quoting Robert Parker from issue #154 regarding the 2003 vintage: "A brilliant effort possessing great acidity in addition to a Michael Niellon Chevalier-Montrachet-like perfume of crushed minerals, white flowers, peaches, honeysuckle, earth and wood. This dense full-bodied beauty sees 20% new oak. Terrific body and flavor penetration on the palate and a long, crips finish are characteristics of this top-flight chardonnay. Consume it over the next 7-8 years." We think it's a solid classic. Delivery after June 20, 2005

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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