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Eagles' Perch Chardonnay

Eagles' Perch Chardonnay Wine Details
Price: $35.00 per bottle

Description: High up on the mountainous Paraiso estate is one particular block of thirty year old vines, overlooked by a craggy oak tree – the favorite vantage point for a nesting pair of golden eagles. These few prized rows of Chardonnay grapes exhibit the true Paraiso "terroir” – rich tropical fruit characters backed by a focused, Burgundian minerality and crispness. For this very limited debut offering, winemaker David Fleming conducted a barrel fermentation in primarily two-year-old French cooperage. A four month “sur lie” stirring program added further complexity and mouthfeel. The resulting Blanc is a revelation: rich and powerful, yet balanced and food-versatile. "91 Points, Exceptional" - Wine Enthusiast

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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