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Black Label Chardonnay

Black Label Chardonnay Wine Details
Price: $17.00 per bottle

Description: ...the signature wine of Naked Mountain accounts for over 75% of our winery production. This is a smooth, rich, dry white wine, vinted in the style of a classic French Mearsault. Over the years this wine has displayed exemplary performance in competition, having won best in show at the Virginia State Fair and the Governor’s Cup. The 2003 has continued this tradition of success in regional, national, and international competitions. Our Chardonnay is composed entirely of Virginia grapes. It reflects the landscape and flavor from some of Virginia’s finest vineyard sites. It is fermented and aged in 225 liter French oak Barrels. The barrels varied from new to five years old. The oak originated in the Allier, Nevers, and Vosges forests. The wine has pronounced chardonnay fruit in the nose. The primary palate flavors are those of toasty vanilla and butterscotch. Balancing out the wine are subtle tones of pineapple, citrus, pear, papaya, and ripe figs - with a kiss of oak. The acids are softened by a full malolactic fermentation, which adds a rich buttery character. The finish is long and in concert with the initial palate impressions.

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.


Todd says...
This is a good chardonnay, slightly buttery but with a nice chardonnay flavor.

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