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Chardonnay, Bien Nacido Vineyard

Chardonnay, Bien Nacido Vineyard Wine Details
Price: $25.00 per bottle

Description: Regarded as one of Santa Barbara County’s most acclaimed vineyard sites, the Bien Nacido Vineyard is located in the cool, coastal Santa Maria Valley. Lincourt sources fruit from the vineyard’s ultra exclusive U-Block where site-specific conditions yield grapes unmatched in character. Hand-picked in late September the Chardonnay was whole-cluster pressed, barrel fermented and aged in small French oak casks for 11 months. Golden in color, the wine offers distinct tropical notes of pineapple, mango and passion fruit, which mingle with caramel, vanilla and citrus in the bouquet. Replete in acidity, the body is creamy yet crisp with a long, 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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