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2001 Napa Valley Chardonnay

2001 Napa Valley Chardonnay Wine Details

Description: With its bright straw hue and toasty oak, caramel, and apple aromas, this effort has a rich entry that leads to a medium-bodied palate and a big finish with ample fruit and oak. Our Chardonnays have come from Yountville's Two Rivers Vineyard for the past five years. The mild climate and river soil create fruit that is rich in mineral components married to Granny Smith apple flavors. Barrel fermentation and oak cooperage enhance the bright citrus finish.

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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