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White Linen

White Linen Reserve Wine Details
Price: $11.95 per bottle

Description: 40% Chardonnay, 35% Seyval, 20% Vidal, 5% Asian Pear. 12.2% alcohol. Chardonnay from our own vineyard and from California, plus Pennsylvania-grown Seyval, form a perfect creamy, aromatic base for this terrific dry reserve white that continues to impress. (One Baltimore retailer has called it the best evidence of “world-class wines being made at Deep Creek Cellars.”) This unique blend, topped with Asian Pear wine from our own property, was developed during four years of experimentation, and draws its elements from four states — East and West, yet the winemaker compares it most of all to Tocai Friulano-based whites from northern Italy. An intense mouthful, lip-smacking good, unfiltered of course, for your finest “white linen” dinners.

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.
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.
Seyval Blanc:
A French hybrid that is often thought of as "East Coast Chardonnay," or at least an alternative to same. Produced in a crisp, dry style, this white wine is often fermented or aged in oak to enhance the rather neutral flavors of the grape itself. It lends itself to service at the dining table and is food friendly. Seyval Blanc is often used in proprietary blends; good examples can be found from Prejean, Clinton and Château Lafayette Reneau.
Tocai Friulano:
Widely grown in the Fruili region of Italy. Also to be found in Argentina. Thought to be identical with the Sauvignon Vert grape grown in Chile. Used to produce lightbodied white wines with flowery and nut-like flavors and should be drunk when young.


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