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Hendry Blocks 9 & 21 Chardonnay

Hendry Blocks 9 & 21 Chardonnay Wine Details

Description: In 2003, median bud break occurred March 11. Median bloom was May 15 and median veraison was reached July 29. Harvest was September 1 through 14 with the yield of 1.5 tons per acre. Fermentation was sur lie in French Oak barrels; 50% were new. The wine was not allowed to go through malolactic fermentation. The wine has rich exotic fruit flavors of guava, melon and mango. There is a lovely creamy texture with bright acidity and a long, intense lemon/lime and mineral finish. The French Oak adds toast and nutmeg flavors which are integrated in the wine, adding an additional layer of complexity. The fruit, acid and spice are very well balanced and delicious.

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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