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Giuliano Wine Details

Description: A sleek new wine in a very sleek new package makes the '03 Giuliano a must buy. The blend is proprietary but this year's offering included Chardonnay, Auxerrois, Pinot grigio, an albino clone of Pinot grigio and a bit of moscato all fermented in stainless steel. Floral notes mix with traces of flint and the mouth is full and rich. The Giuliano is a perfect match for so many food courses from oysters to cassoulet. It is named for the next generation of Cameron, Julian, who conceived of the idea for the wine and had a hand in selecting the blend (all at the heart-throb age of 17). Now he races around Portland on his little Vespa and pitches his product to the best restaurants in town.

Varietal Definition
French local name for the Malbec, aka Cot red wine grape species grown in the Cahors region of France and also, confusingly, an important white wine grape in the Alsace region called the Auxerrois Blanc that is distinct from another locally grown white wine grape called the Auxerrois Gris that is actually the Pinot Gris varietal grape.
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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