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Chardonnay HUDSON VINEYARD - Carneros

Chardonnay HUDSON VINEYARD - Carneros Wine Details
Price: $45.00 per bottle

Description: Our first Chardonnay crafted entirely from Hudson Vineyard chardonnay shows Carneros' cool-climate character at its finest. With the trademark fresh orange-blossom and tropical fruit notes dominating the aromas, and a selection of Burgundy's finest barrel makers supporting the fruit with the nuances of toasty vanilla and oak, this wine is a bright, gregarious, full-bodied rendition of the variety. 100% new barrel-fermented and left on the yeast lees for 10 months, the body of this wine is rich and round, fully ripe and intensely flavored. I think it is drinking beautifully now, but don't rush through your allocation, it will gain complexity with a bit of bottle age. This wine was aged for 10 months in 100% thin-stave French oak from a selection of premier tonnelleries of which 75% was new.

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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