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Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains

Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: This wine brings together fruit from three different vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains - our own Estate, R Bar R Ranch and Split Rail Vineyards. While within the same appellation, each site lends it’s own unique character to the blend. The Estate component comprises all of our late tropical fruits. Split Rail, several miles from David Bruce, lends earthiness and a light, smoky complexity to the wine. R Bar R Ranch, one of the coolest sites we work with, produces a wine with bright citrus fruits and lively acidity, providing freshness and structure for the blend. The finished wine strikes a nice balance between richness and freshness, with far greater complexity than any of its parts.

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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