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Porter-Bass Estate Chardonnay

Porter-Bass Estate Chardonnay Wine Details
Price: $40.00 per bottle

Description: Our 2004 Chardonnay speaks of the soil. These soils have a high clay content with pockets of decomposing sandstone. The wine shows a strong mineral backbone with aromas of wet stones and limestone. The fruit is driven by citrus with flavors of meyer lemon sorbet. In the background there is a barrel flavor of toasted hazelnuts. As the wine opens there is the promise of tart apricot. The strong core, long finish and slight reduction imply that the wine will age gracefully.

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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