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Chardonnay, Rhinefarm Vineyard

Chardonnay, Rhinefarm Vineyard Wine Details
Price: $24.00 per bottle

Description: This elegant, refined Chardonnay is grown on Rhinefarm's rare 30 year old Wente clone vines. Twelve individual lots were whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented, with only 30% undergoing malolactic fermentation. Aromas of tangerine and pineapple, with hints of stony, mineral scents. Elegant and round on the palate, with sweet and sour lemon, key lime and pineapple flavors, and a supple, creamy texture. Excellent acidity and balance culminate in a focused, fruit-driven finish.

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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