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Chardonnay Humboldt County, Viale Vineyard

Chardonnay Humboldt County, Viale Vineyard Wine Details
Price: $16.00 per bottle

Description: Although the malolactic fermentation was complete, the wine does not display the buttery diacetyl character often associated with complete malolactic fermentations. We made two chardonnays this year: one from Trinity County and this one from Humboldt County. The Viale chard has more mineral notes than the wine from Trinity County.

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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