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Echelon Vineyards Chardonnay

Echelon Vineyards Chardonnay Wine Details

Description: The 2005 vintage saw optimal conditions with cool nights, warm days and no heat spikes. This kept vine stress to a minimum and allowed time for the large clusters to fully ripen. The Chardonnay grapes have excellent color and flavors. This is one of the best vintages in the last 10 years.

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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