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Chardonnay, Gravel Ridge Vineyard

Chardonnay, Gravel Ridge Vineyard Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: Essences of pear, casaba and citrus in the nose are followed by Granny Smith apple, citrus, star fruit, and firm peaches with a light touch of creaminess on the palate. The finish is warm, soft and lingering. Barrel fermented and aged in French oak for 10 months; 100% malolactic.

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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