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Cumulus Wine Details
Price: $26.95 per bottle

Description: Our first-ever release of a blended white wine made entirely from our own grapes (10 years in the making, mind you) seems to build its flavors before your eyes (er, in your mouth); at first sip, the wine is interesting but insignificant, but by Sip 2 or 3, its astonishing smoothness and perfect balance takes over. This Vignoles/Chardonnay/Vidal blend was vinified using native yeasts, then aged on the lees for seven months, and bottled unfiltered. Everyone who samples it in our tasting room, where it is served as the Maker intended only in Riedel crystal, is in love with how the flavors build so beautifully. Hence, the name.

Varietal Definition
Vidal Blanc:
A white French hybrid once widely planted in the south of France, it is more suitable for growing in warm and humid climates like the South. These vines are prolific, producing large golden berries, suitable for eating out of hand as table grapes. When vinified, Villard Blanc makes a fruity, mildly intense white wine (somewhat Sauvignon Blanc like) of fairly neutral and simple flavors. Primarily used for blending.
Commonly grown in the cooler regions of North America, this french-american hybrid used for making white dry, late-harvest and ice-wines has its origins in the Chardonnay grape. Currently very popular as a dessert wine because of its restrained fruitiness and good balance. Same as Ravat.
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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