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La Rinconada Vineyard Chardonnay

La Rinconada Vineyard Chardonnay Wine Details
Price: $30.00 per bottle

Description: The La Rinconada is Sanford's reserve style Chardonnay. This wine spends a minimum of a year in barrel, usually in 100% new French oak. We then give this wine some extra time in bottle prior to release. It is not filtered and is known for its balance, richness and style. This is for those who appreciate Chardonnay at its finest. All single vineyard fruit, but harvested from several different blocks with several different clones, this wine is barrel-fermented to a total dryness in all-new French oak barrels, then aged 18 months. Bottled without filtration, the result is an intense wine with still-bright acid highlights showing lemon-vanilla spice, citrus and tropical fruit notes. This would be excellent paired with rice chicken dishes, and shellfish preparations with creamy sauces.

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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