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Chardonnay, Ben Lomond Mountain, Bald Mountain Vineyard

Chardonnay, Ben Lomond Mountain, Bald Mountain Vineyard Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: This is our first vintage from the interesting Ben Lomond Mountain AVA, located in western region of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Its principle characteristic of sandy well-drained soil was in part the basis for its official AVA designation in 1988. Overlaying the mixture of grapefruit and citrus aroma are the nutty, aromas derived from the 18 months of extended sur lie barrel aging. This wine is crisp which is the signature of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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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