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Chardonnay, La Ribera

Chardonnay, La Ribera Wine Details
Price: $18.00 per bottle

Description: Grapes for this vineyard designate Chardonnay come from La Ribera Vineyards located along the Russian River. Selected small lots were barrel fermented and aged in French oak; 60% underwent malolactic fermentation. Aromas of ripe apple, pear and delicate floral combine with apple butter, honey and tropical fruit flavors. The soft, lingering finish invests the next sip.

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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