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Chardonnay HMR Estate 2002

Chardonnay HMR Estate 2002 Wine Details
Price: $30.00 per bottle

Description: The historic HMR Vineyard is located in the hills west of Paso Robles at an elevation of 1,700 feet. Five acres of chardonnay were planted in the late 1960s to validate the special Burgundian-like growing conditions. Just 17 miles from the Pacific Ocean, its unique microclimate benefits from cooling marine breezes. The rare fractured calcareous soils give the wine a complex element of terroir-focused flavors. With a distinct bouquet of flint and crushed stones, the quartz-like purity of the HMR Vineyard displays a persistent vibrancy. This is a complex, yet balanced wine, with elements of lemon zest and oak char nuancing the stony character.

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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