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Scuttlehole Chardonnay

Scuttlehole Chardonnay Wine Details
Price: $14.00 per bottle

Description: Containing our excitement for the wines from the 2005 vintage is impossible. The white grapes were harvested in perfect condition. This was the hottest, driest, healthiest vintage our region has seen. This wine is the foundation of our Chardonnay program, offers amazing value, and is the wine we produce the greatest quantity of at Channing Daughters. We love Chardonnay! Often we crave a pure, clean style that celebrates the fruit of our region and is very versatile at the table. For this reason our Scuttlehole Chardonnay is made entirely in stainless steel tanks with no malo-lactic fermentation. This crisp, focused white wine displays aromas and flavors of minerals, citrus, white flowers and tree fruits. This is the naked expression of cool-climate Chardonnay. All the fruit was hand picked, whole-cluster pressed, handled minimally and bottled by gravity. Pairing this wine with food is almost foolproof. Our Scuttlehole Chardonnay can offer complimentary and/or contrasting flavors to almost anything you serve it with. Able to compliment the zest of local shellfish, seviches, fresh cheeses or a lemon roast chicken, it can also provide a great match as it cuts through the richness of a charcuterie platter, poached salmon or a grilled lobster with a wonderful contrast that keeps your palate refreshed. Approachable through the seasons, our Scuttlehole Chardonnay has something to offer everyone in almost every situation.

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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