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Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay

Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay Wine Details
Price: $17.50 per bottle

Description: Handcrafted from the Santa Rita Hills where cool weather retains the true fruit qualities in the grapes that encompass the makeup of this blended wine of 100% Chardonnay grapes from the Huber, Sanford & Benedict and Mt. Carmel vineyards. Aged in neutral oak for an extended time allowed the wine to take on the creaminess and butter essences but not overpowering of oak taste. The wine boasts apricots, crisp lemons, smooth toasty oak, and hints of butterscotch. The finish is crisp and long. It is much more similar to the French quality wines that compliment food so well. Pairs well with shellfish, oysters on the half shell, Sushi, light fish varieties, Japanese cuisine, game hens, salads, and fruit with mild soft cheeses.

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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