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Chardonnay Wine Details

Description: We encouraged a malolactic fermentation to smooth out the mouthfeel but did not allow it go to completion in order to preserve a strong clean structure. This wine is great for sipping and pairs well a variety of foods. It has forward notes of tropical fruit, hints of honeysuckle, hazelnut, toffee, vanilla, and ginger-root. Smooth balance and hints of creamy butter and toast. The long full finish reminds us that a well-made white wine can be big and complex too.

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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