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Chardonnay Wine Details
Price: $18.00 per bottle

Description: For many years, our Chardonnay vines provided local wineries with premium quality fruit, and have been responsible for many award-winning wines. This, our first Chardonnay release, comes from a block planted around 1985 on the north side of our property. Harvested in early September, the grapes were wholecluster pressed, and the juice fermented in a mix of new and used French oak barrels. The wine was then aged on the lees for 4 months, with occasional stirring. It shows vibrant and complex aromas of melon, citrus and vanilla. The mouth is rich and balanced, with a long, fresh finish. The richness and structure of this wine will stand up to cream sauces, like Fettuccine Alfredo, or savory fish and chicken dishes.

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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