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Chardonnay,Santa Cruz Mountains, Bay Laurel, Pleasant Valley Vineyards

Chardonnay,Santa Cruz Mountains, Bay Laurel, Pleasant Valley Vineyards Wine Details
Price: $24.00 per bottle

Description: We blended fruit from Bay Laurel Vineyard (50%) and the Pleasant Valley Road Vineyard (50%) to make this wine. The first vineyard contributes mountain apple and flint and the other provides citrus and mineral. The barrel select has a nice toasty quality from fermentation and sur lie aging in all new french oak, while the regular blend was made in older French Oak. The partial malo-lactic frementaion was unaccompanied by buttery side products.

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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