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Chardonnay Wine Details
Price: $26.00 per bottle

Description: Hues of sun-kissed daffodils and straw dipped in honeyed amber. Gleeful aromas of orange blossom, pineapple slice and other delicate citrus, a dash of ginger, and a note of something exotic that we can’t quite put our collective fingers on, perhaps cumquat, perhaps clementine.. Flavors are of green apple, candied orange and a modest hint of butterscotch swirl in the background, leading to a coyly voluptuous finish. Seize the moment! Grapes: barrel fermented from fruit of the Carmody McKnight vineyards in the hills west of Paso Robles. Aged: 30 months or so in barrel. Ageability: the 1992 vintage Chardonnay is still going strong, so who knows.

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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