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Fermented Chardonnay

Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Wine Details
Price: $22.50 per bottle

Description: Some of the same excellent chardonnay fruit from the 2004 vintage was fermented and aged in French oak barrels. This traditional method brought toasty, nutty and spicy background flavors to the pineapple and pear flavors of our fruit. The wine was kept on its yeast lees over several months, with occasional stirring before being allowed to settle and clarify. Bottled in August, 2005 and gaining harmony still, we like to drink this wine with creamy pastas, full flavored seafood, and herb crusted chicken

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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