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Private Chardonnay

Private Reserve Chardonnay Wine Details
Price: $16.00 per bottle

Description: This Guglielmo (gool-YELL-mo) Private Reserve was produced from Chardonnay grown in the cool climate of Carneros in southern Sonoma County. On the palate an array of inviting tropical fruit and honeydew melon flavors emerge and linger into the well-balanced finish. Ideal to serve with an afternoon of baguettes and cheeses or a meal of linguine vongole. 100% barrel fermentation in one-third new 60-gallon cooperage accentuates toasted oak and vanilla aromas and complements the underlying floral essence. 100% malo-lactic fermentation introduces a buttery note to the nose and lends to the creamy style of this wine. This style of Chardonnay is best enjoyed within two to three years of the vintage date. The release of the vintage 2002 Sonoma County Chardonnay totaled 632 cases.

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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