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'Silhouette' Chardonnay, Napa Valley

'Silhouette' Chardonnay, Napa Valley Wine Details
Price: $45.00 per bottle

Description: This wine was selected barrel-by-barrel from our finest Napa Valley Chardonnay lots. These vineyards are planted with either “See’s” vine selections or Dijon clones, each of which produce low yields and concentrated, intensely flavored fruit. Each lot was fermented in new French oak barrels from our favorite coopers. All of the wine was uninoculated and fermented with native yeast, a method that accentuates the richness of the wines mouthfeel. The wine is dense, rich and complex, with a long smoky, toasty oak 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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