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Coach Insignia Chardonnay, Sonoma County

Coach Insignia Chardonnay, Sonoma County Wine Details

Description: A pure 100% Chardonnay blended from grapes selected from different blocks of vines here on our mountain, where the elevation ranges from 1,100 - 1,500 feet, where some vineyards face north and others south. Grapes are brought into the winery early in the day, whole-cluster pressed, and delivered to barrels in the cave by gravity flow. They ferment in French oak barrels and rest on the lees for 10 months before they are racked and bottled. The style is rich and complex, while maintaining high acidity and mature fresh fruit.

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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