Home   Map   Blog Roll   WineCompass   Wine 101   My Compass 


Reserve Chardonnay Wine Details
Price: $28.00 per bottle

Description: The grapes used to make our 2004 Reserve Chardonnay come from one of the oldest blocks of Chardonnay vines in Calaveras county, planted on the rich soils of our property’s East side. We used traditional Burgundian wine making techniques in the production of this wine, including whole-cluster pressing, natural yeast fermentation in small French oak barrels, and sur lies aging. The result is a powerful, complex and silky Chardonnay, with aromas and flavors of lemon drop, apple, and toasty oak. Enjoy this wine with full flavored dishes, like grilled salmon, lobster, and veal piccata.

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.


Back to Indian Rock Vineyards information