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Wente Clone Chardonnay

Wente Clone Chardonnay Wine Details

Description: Our 2003 Went Clone Chardonnay is exclusively from 25 year old Wente Clone vines grown on the Smith Ranch in Dry Creek Valley.The crush was barrel-fermented, unfined and unfiltered. You can really taste the fruit in this Chardonnay. It has a fresh, pure quality that comes from not being over-handled.

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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