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Chardonnay Russian River Valley

Chardonnay Russian River Valley Wine Details

Description: Our most intense Russian River Chardonnay blend to date, the 2002 opens with exotic aromas of orange blossom, honeyed citrus, fresh mint and flint. The palate is richly opulent with honeysuckle and citrus marmalade yet has a strong sense of minerality and leaner stone fruit. The broad texture extends across a layered mid-palate with signature crème brûlée notes as refreshing acidity picks up and extends the finish. The combination is one of Californian power and mineral poise that promises early enjoyment but ensures graceful aging for 3 to 4 years. Serve at no cooler than 55 degrees to ensure full flavor development.

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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