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Chardonnay, River Lane

Chardonnay, River Lane Wine Details
Price: $15.00 per bottle

Description: The Chardonnay grapes were harvested between August 28 and September 17, 2001, at an average of24.0 degrees Brix. All of the juice was fermented in French oak barrels. Thirty-five percent of the barrels are new every year, with the remainder being 1 to 2 years old; 100% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. The entire production was exposed to nine months of lees contact, with stirrings every other week for the first three months.

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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