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Chardonnay Sonoma County

Chardonnay Sonoma County Wine Details
Price: $22.00 per bottle

Description: Our 2003 Chardonnay combines fruit from several cool climate vineyards, bringing depth of fruit and bright acidity to the wine. Winemaker Julia Iantosca puts the wine through 100% malolactic fermentation giving it hints of butter while retaining a ripe fruit impression on the palate. Sur lies aging in 40% new oak results in a wine with a rich, creamy texture and a long, lingering aftertaste. Aromas of pear and grapefruit combine with flavors of toasted hazelnut, resulting in a complex, harmoniously balanced wine.

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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