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Chardonnay Santa Barbara County

Reserve Chardonnay Santa Barbara County Wine Details
Price: $16.00 per bottle

Description: Ultimately, I decided to use lots from our White Hills Vineyard for about half of this 2002 Santa Barbara County Chardonnay. Its mouthfeel is highly structured, with concentrated flavors of lemon and orange blossom. About 15% of the blend came from Cat Canyon, contributing delicious ripe summer peach and pippin apple flavors to the blend. Another 10% came from Riverbench, delivering rich, tropical taste and a wonderful honeyed texture. North Canyon finished it off, bringing a mango and melon nuance that I think rounds it out the finished wine nicely.

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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