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Chardonnay, Rancho Santa Rosa

Chardonnay, Rancho Santa Rosa Wine Details
Price: $30.00 per bottle

Description: Rancho Santa Rosa is home to 103 acres, 25 blocks, and four different clones of Chardonnay Wente, 4, 76 and 96. Each block of Chardonnay is vinified and kept separate in the cellar for blending purposes. Employing classical techniques the grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed, barrel fermented and aged for approximately 11 months in French oak casks. Well-balanced, the wine exudes aromas of green apple, pear, grapefruit, tangerine, butterscotch and a mineral note of struck stone. Replete with crisp acidity the wine is fruit driven, finishing long and clean.

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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