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Hess Collection Chardonnay

Hess Collection Reserve Chardonnay Wine Details

Description: The 2000 Reserve Chardonnay comes from specific hand selected blocks in our American Canyon vineyard, located near the San Pablo Bay. The grapes were selected for this blend by taste as the winemakers walked through the vineyard, choosing only the vines that displayed intense fruit and spice characteristics. From this base we enhanced the wine using age-old Burgundian techniques to create balance between the fruit, oak, and texture. The Hess Collection Reserve Chardonnay is a wine that with time evolves in your glass. The first impression is lemon zest and orange blossom, followed by cedar, spice, and caramel toasty oak. The palate begins with clean, lemony citrus flavors that build in concentration. Toasted almond and crème brulee lead you to a significant finish.

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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