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Roger Rose Chardonnay

Roger Rose Chardonnay Wine Details
Price: $26.00 per bottle

Description: Roger and Rose Marie Hernandez planted their eight-acre Arroyo Seco estate vineyard in 1988 to six French clones of Chardonnay that originated at the University of Beaune's Dijon Research Station.The clones 77 and 809 in particular exhibit exotic aromatics. However, the precise source of RogerRose's unique lychee fruit and honeysuckle-like nose that is anyone's guess — perhaps it is due to the influence of the Dijon clones, or to Roger's farming practices that reduce cluster and berry size to half the California norm, or to the sandy, rocky soil around Arroyo Seco Road.

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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