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Chardonnay, Handley Vineyard Dry Creek Valley

Chardonnay, Handley Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Wine Details

Description: The 2000 Dry Creek Chardonnay is redolent of aromas of tangerines and caramel. Fresh, clean apricot flavors predominate, balanced by a touch of cream. This Chardonnay has beautiful weight and length, with a subtle hint of oak throughout. We pair the Dry Creek Chardonnay with seafood, fruit salsas, and creamy sauces.

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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