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Chardonnay Chloe

Chardonnay Chloe Wine Details

Description: Aromas of sweet citrus, baked apple and warm bread are offset with peripheral notes of sweet vanilla pod and nutmeg. The palate is initially bright and focused with minerals, piercing lime and fresh peach. A sweet core of bruised apple, pear and lemon curd unfolds to a richly textured layered mid-palate of oatmeal, baking spice and smoke. The finish is long and penetrating with snappy fresh acidity. A great example of old vine extract and cool climate structure, our 2002 'chloe' bottling will improve in bottle for 2 to 3 years as the viscosity of the wine concentrates. Drink over the next 6 years and serve at no cooler than 55 degrees.

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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