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Chardonnay "Bien Nacido- Block 11"

Chardonnay "Bien Nacido-Reserve Block 11" Wine Details
Price: $25.00 per bottle

Description: This is a riper, more forward Chardonnay than the 2001. I tend to prefer the ’01 for its balance, but this wine is more overtly delicious. It is classic Bien Nacido Chardonnay with citrus, pears and minerals in the aroma. There is vanillin, with a hint of pineapple too. The mouth is creamy and rich with a thick, firm finish. This wine will certainly age nicely for 2-7 years – I would drink it while I’m waiting for the 2001 to reach its peak.

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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