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Clos Pepe Estate Chardonnay 'Homage to Chablis'

Clos Pepe Estate Chardonnay 'Homage to Chablis' Wine Details
Price: $25.00 per bottle

Description: 'In 2003, the 'Homage to Chablis' program gets back to its roots. The delicious 2002 did not complete ML fermentation, and was a more California-style white wine than previous vintages. The 2003 is a more traditional rendering of our stainless-steel and neutral oak Chardonnay. The wine has a very complex nose of wet stones, apple, grapefruit, pear, oyster shell and hints of hazelnut and pineapple/guava. The wine has huge concentration but manages to keep a balance that makes it food friendly. Think of it as a wine with a Chablis frame and a Santa Rita Hills landscape. From early tasting and how this wine has developed, this may be the best 'Homage' to date for those that like the flinty, minerally quality in a wine with very good fruit length and vibrant acidity.'

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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