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Chardonnay, RSR, Clone 76

Chardonnay, RSR, Clone 76 Wine Details
Price: $35.00 per bottle

Description: Representing just two of the twenty-five Chardonnay blocks, this wine is a specific expression from Rancho Santa Rosa. Hand-harvested from Block 11A and Block 26, the fruit was whole-cluster pressed, barrel fermented and aged for approximately 11 months in French oak casks. While in barrel the wine finished both primary and malolactic fermentations. In the nose wonderful aromas of tangerine, apple, pear and pineapple mingle with vanilla, floral and flinty-mineral tones. Replete with crisp acidity, the mouth is rich with creamy textures.

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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