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Chardonnay - Santa Rita Hills, Mt. Carmel Vineyard

Chardonnay - Santa Rita Hills, Mt. Carmel Vineyard Wine Details
Price: $28.00 per bottle

Description: This vintage has the typical deep golden color that previous Mt. Carmel bottlings have displayed. The aromas can be described as hazelnuts, butter, oak vanillin, with hints of juniper. On the palate the wine has a medium body, with creamy, rich flavors of butterscotch, hazelnut and pralines. The finish is long and ends with a satisfying sweet note. The wine also has the characteristic mineral quality which is part of the Mt. Carmel identity. This wine will develop for another two to three years with careful cellaring. It is an excellent example of the melding of great California Chardonnay grapes with Burgundian winemaking techniques. Serve with lobster ravioli with white wine cream sauce, or a variety of seafood.

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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