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Hess Collection Chardonnay

Hess Collection Chardonnay Wine Details

Description: The 2003 Collection Chardonnay exhibits the Hess signature of proprietary flavors and crisp acidity. Aromas of orange zest, tropical fruit, and floral characters are followed by notes of honey suckle, pear, and caramel. The mid palate brings flavors of orange and apricot and is full bodied and concentrated. The finish of the wine contains oak toast, vanilla, and crème brûlée flavors with a crisp acidity that cleanses the palate through the lingering 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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