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Grande Ronde Chardonnay

Grande Ronde Chardonnay Wine Details

Description: The 2003 Grande Ronde Chardonnay went through 100% malolactic fermentation in 50% new and 50% one year old French oak barrels. This gives the wine a creamy texture reminiscent of the top white Burgundies. The chardonnay has a bouquet of apricot, peach and vanillin aromas. The wine has great depth exhibiting a balance of texture, elegance and length on the palate. Serve this wine with veal, chicken and pork as well as meatier fishes like halibut and salmon. David Ramey was our consultant on this project. Drink 2006-2009.

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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