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Chardonnay, Zaca Vineyards Santa Ynez Valley

Chardonnay, Zaca Vineyards Santa Ynez Valley Wine Details
Price: $17.00 per bottle

Description: The resulting wine has ripe apple, pear and banana flavors that combine with toasty oak and vanilla from ten months of barrel aging. This wine will pair well with butternut squash risotto or grilled salmon over the next several 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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