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Chardonnay Wine Details
Price: $26.00 per bottle

Description: If you enjoyed our first release of Chardonnay for its lovely combination of elegance and richness, then this vintage will again please you. Fruit from the same three great sites—Celilo, Kestrel View Estates, and Conner Lee—were blended here. All hand-picked, the fruit was delicately whole-cluster pressed. After settling, the juice was put down to barrel and inoculated with two strains of yeast. After fermentation, each barrel was lees-stirred weekly, for up to six months. In total, barrel aging was in one hundred percent tight-grained French oak, fifty percent of which was new and the balance one and two year old barrels.

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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