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2003 Bouchaine Chardonnay, Carneros

2003 Bouchaine Chardonnay, Carneros Wine Details

Description: Our Chardonnay, created from 100% Carneros fruit, is a straw gold color that dances in the glass like sunlight. Seafood such as grilled fish, sauteed scallops, and steamed lobster will truly shine with this wine. Rated 88 points by Wine & Spirits (February 2005). Included in Gourmet (July 2005) in its selections of top Carneros Chardonnays.

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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