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Sanford Chardonnay

Sanford Chardonnay Wine Details
Price: $17.50 per bottle

Description: Our Chardonnay is a barrel fermented blend from all three of our estate vineyards in Santa Rita Hills. Bruno uses mostly seasoned barrels to give the wine a fresh fruit-driven presence without a lot of heavy oak. This is a balanced, elegant and versatile wine that has served as a Santa Barbara benchmark for over 20 years. Up-front aromas of lemon, vanilla, butter and honey lead to more subtle notes of flowers, nutmeg, and white pepper in this crisp, fresh 2002 Chardonnay. Oak aromas are restrained, and fruit flavors of tart apples and essense of pineapple shine through, finishing with a hint of crème bruleé. Its firm structure can handle rich poultry dishes, cheeses, grilled seafood, and creamy pastas.

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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