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Chardonnay Wine Details
Price: $14.99 per bottle

Description: Dijon clones planted in high density on a southern facing hillside enriched with natural limestone, along with a near perfect growing season, all combine to make our 2011 Estate Reserve Chardonnay a wine of extended depth and texture. The wine was aged in the finest French Oak barrels for nine months where it completed malolactic fermentation to broaden the palate and add complexity. The result is a fruit forward wine layered with textures and a touch of creaminess on the long, expressive finish.

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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