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Gnarly Head Chardonnay

Gnarly Head Chardonnay Wine Details

Description: It's hard to imagine that Chardonnay can be gnarly, but a sip of this mouthwatering wine takes you headfirst into bright tropical fruit flavors of pineapple and citrus, followed by a zingy ginger accent and hints of toasted coconut and vanilla on a creamy finish. This full-bodied Chardonnay offers waves of flavor. Its big, bold flavors are perfect for hard core foods like Tex Mex, Thai, and blackened chicken or fish. This well-balanced wine is equally comfortable as a partner for a huge bowl of popcorn during a movie marathon, pasta night, salad days or on its own. Gnarly Head Chardonnay is crafted using grapes from specially selected vineyards in Lodi, Monterey and Mendocino. The Lodi grapes contribute the ripe, juicy fruit and floral notes. Chardonnay grapes from our unique vineyard in Monterey contribute citrus and tropical flavors. Mendocino grapes deliver the crisp acidity to Gnarly Head Chardonnay that balances the abundant fruit flavors.

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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