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Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains, Annamaria Vineyards

Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains, Annamaria Vineyards Wine Details
Price: $24.00 per bottle

Description: This wine that typifies the terrior of the Santa Cruz Mts is from a historic vineyard. It was first planted by wine growing pioneers Bob Roudon and Jim Smith in 1972. Several clones are present and when the vineyard was passed onto a new owner in 2002 the tradition of careful management was resumed. This wine was made to emphasize the signture of the Santa Cruz Mts. It features green apples, minerals, and an austere complexity.

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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