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Chardonnay Winemaker's

Chardonnay Winemaker's Select Wine Details
Price: $24.00 per bottle

Description: Our premium reserve Chardonnay is made up entirely from our own River Lane Vineyards. Two blocks from our Alexander Valley Estate vineyard along the Russian River made up 50% of the grapes. The remaining grapes come from the Dry Creek Valley Estate vineyard. The rich river bed soils from Alexander Valley and the sandy loam from Dry Creek contribute to the unique-ness and quality of this special release. The 2001 Winemaker's Select Chardonnay is full bodied with vanilla and sandalwood in the nose, followed by flavors of green apple, pear, and bright citrus. This Chardonnay exhibits good acidity with a creamy, buttery, lingering finish. The wine, showing beautifully now, has great complexity due to the prolonged contact with the lees. It will continue to develop nicely.

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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