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Rued Vineyard Chardonnay

Rued Vineyard Chardonnay Wine Details

Description: Warren Dutton planted this vineyard in 1969, at a time when you just ordered up your garden-variety chardonnay vines to plant (chardonnay scion wood on St. George rootstock was the standard). It turned out that some of the clones were very unusual, producing fruit with exotic, tropical notes and a lush body. They were so unique, the vines are now propaged as the Rued Clone. 2002 produced a wine of particular density and aromatic intensity, along with the solid structure typical of old vines from our cold climate. This is a great wine to enjoy with decadent dishes such as crab louie or escargots, if you can get some before Dan's wife Loie drinks it all herself. 300 cases produced. 90 points, Wine Spectator; Gold Medal, San Francisco International Wine Competition.

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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