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Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Sonoma Coast Chardonnay Wine Details

Description: This is a particularly complex and layered vintage of our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. A rich, golden hue, with just a touch of green, leads into aromas of pain grille, lemon zest, vanilla custard, and toasted almonds. Our signature floral character is still there, yet is balanced this year by an increased intensity of other components. On the palate there is a cascade of flavors from citrus, to green apple and pear, to sur lies yeastiness, to a lingering and subtle minerality. The texture is round and viscous with a bracing acidity that refreshes and invites another sip. While this wine will remain ready to enjoy upon release, it will also reward those who have the will power and patience to lay some down. It should drink well from the summer of 2004 through at least the summer of 2006, and we suspect even for 1-2 years after that. Serve "lightly" chilled.

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.
This French-American hybrid typically produces light red wine with low acidity. Also known as Seibel 13053, this blue grape is employed by a few wineries in New York State. The grape's early ripening capabilities are a benefit to northeast growers, but its extreme susceptibility to virus infection will limit plantings of the vine


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