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Chardonnay Napa Valley

Reserve Chardonnay Napa Valley Wine Details
Price: $60.00 per bottle

Description: You can count on one hand the number of barrels selected from the outstanding 2004 vintage for our flagship Reserve Chardonnay. From a production standpoint, the wine is a Mini Cooper; but in the glass it is clearly a Ferrari. One swirl shows all 12 cylinders firing with loads of showy stone-fruit and complex mineral, slate, hazelnut and oak spice aromas. Fermented with native yeasts, aged sur lies in 100% French oak, and bottled unfined and unfiltered, the wine is tremendously rich, with a broad power band and seamless integration of complex flavors that linger long after you lift off the accelerator.

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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