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Chardonnay - Santa Rita Hills

Chardonnay - Santa Rita Hills Wine Details
Price: $23.00 per bottle

Description: A floral, spicy aroma with hints of spiced applesauce and hazelnuts announces the wine. On the palate, grapefruit-like flavors are just starting to emerge against the sharpness of crisp acidity. The lingering finish of fruit and a hint of toasted oak is enticing. Presently, there is a degree of leanness which will develop into richer, rounder fruit flavors and texture with six to eight months of additional bottle aging. The wine will continue to develop complexity and texture with an additional four to six years of cellaring. Enjoy with shellfish, ciopinno and sea bass dishes.

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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