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Ann’s Cuvee 2003

Ann’s Cuvee 2003 Wine Details
Price: $22.00 per bottle

Description: 34% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Gris, 33% Malvasia. Barrel-fermented in 33% new French oak. Low-key nose of smoke, cinnamon, pear and mint. This has expanded nicely with several months of bottle-age. Rich, fresh flavors of smoky pear, citrus, apple and mint with a textural sweetness typical of ripe fruit from the Dos Cabezas Vineyard. Named after Ann Buhl, co-owner of the vineyard.

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.
Semi-classic grape cepage of ancient, probably Greek, origin. Widely grown in Italy as distinctive area sub-varieties, such as Malvasia di Candia, Malvasia Istriana etc. Used to produce dry and sweet white, and light red, wines with high alcohol content and residual sugar. Also widely grown in Portugal and the island of Madeira where the important wine-name Malmsey is an English word corruption of Malvasia.


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