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Chardonnay Napa Valley

Chardonnay Napa Valley Wine Details
Price: $28.00 per bottle

Description: This wine is really two wines in one; half of the wine was fermented in oak to give it richness, butteriness and complexity, while the other half was fermented very cold to retain the lovely “fruit” character that typifies really golden-ripe Chardonnay grapes. This combination is the perfect way to make Chardonnay. The nose is rich and complex with bright apple-fruit and more “deep” tropical-fruit and toasty oak characteristics. The smells come through in the rich-round mouth-feeling flavors. On top of the apple and tropical flavors there is a medley of spice notes—particularly celery-seed, cinnamon and vanilla.

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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