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CHARDONNAY RESERVE - Santa Ynez Valley Wine Details

Description: Our 2003 Chardonnay Reserve is a limited-production wine selected from superior vineyard blocks and crafted as our finest expression of the vintage. It begins with assertive aromas of tropical fruits with accents of orange zest and toasty oak. A rich, creamy texture unfolds with flavors of pineapple, pear and golden apple. Hints of caramel, coconut and honey add complexity to the palate, while crisp acidity balances a long, layered finish.

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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