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Chardonnay Wine Details

Description: The Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay is made in the Chablis style. Without malolactic fermentation, the wine retains its sharp, fruity character. Aging in high quality French oak prevents the "over-oaked" character of many of today's Chardonnays. Food pairings for this wine include grilled fish, shellfish and sharp cheeses. While highly approachable now, this wine will improve with age over the next 2 - 4 years.

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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