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SRH Chardonnay

SRH Chardonnay Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: A blend of two neighboring vineyards, the 2004 Chardonnay SRH is an example of the ripe, concentrated Chardonnay for which our region is known. Winemaker Bruce McGuire had each vineyard block picked as the fruit ripened. This was the third consecutive low rain year which was reflected in small crop yields and outstanding fruit intensity. Average yield in the Chardonnay was 1.7 tons to the acre; a harvest to sadden the farmer and gladden the imbiber. This wine is a good choice to pair with many mild, hard cheeses (or, for you cheese heads out there, try with Cow Girl Creamery’s Red Hawk) and foods such as roast chicken or whole, farm raised stripped bass.

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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