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Reserve Chardonnay Wine Details
Price: $22.00 per bottle

Description: A blend from four spectacular sites in the northern Willamette Valley, our Reserve is indeed world-class, cool-climate Chardonnay. Our style, which differs substantially from the typical "California Style", has elements that reflect the region: Bright fruit characters of pears, melons, and citrus with lean and entertaining acids. Our Chardonnays undergo minimal malolactic conversion by design, and this helps to create a round and rich mouth feel without sacrificing the lovely acidy and balance inherent in the wine. This wine was fermented in a combination of both stainless steel and 2-3 year old French oak barrels which gives it a rich palate presence that isn't cloying. Do we think its good?-This is Wendy Lange's favorite white wine.

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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