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Charles Ranch Chardonnay

Charles Ranch Chardonnay Wine Details

Description: The grapes are picked at 25 degrees brix to ensure mature ripe fruit flavors. They are hand selected at harvest time by Lee Martinelli and Helen Turley, who taste the grapes and choose when to pick according to the developed flavors in the berries. The wine is 100% barrel fermented with wild yeast and encouraged to fully complete malo-lactic fermentation. It is unfined and unfiltered and rests in 65% new French oak for 11 months before bottling. This is a handcrafted wine. It is unfined, unfiltered, neither cold nor heat stabilized and contains naturally occurring sediment. We recommend decanting or allowing the bottle to sit upright in a cool place prior to serving. Salute!

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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