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Chardonnay, Guenoc Valley

Chardonnay, Guenoc Valley Wine Details

Description: Elegant and delightful, this chardonnay from Guenoc Valley is redolent in apple, lemon, apricot and lime aromas and flavors, offering silky tones and a sustained and smooth finish. Originating in vineyards first planted between 1854 and 1871, the fruit retains the signature of the earth of Guenoc Valley and enjoys the bright acidities and long tannins of a climate blessed with warm, dry days, cool nights and a westerly afternoon breeze.

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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