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Chardonnay, Sonoma County

Chardonnay, Sonoma County Wine Details
Price: $29.00 per bottle

Description: Richard Arrowood compares the 2003 Sonoma County Chardonnay to the 1987 vintage, which matured into an exceptional bottle of wine. Bright fruit flavors of green apple, melon and peach are complemented by crisp, racy acid notes. Because the fruit is grown in a relatively cool climate, we guided it through barrel and malolactic fermentation to balance out the crisp acids and give the wine a rich and creamy texture. Sur lies aging and stirring in French oak barrels adds hints of toasty oak and spice to the final blend.

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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