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Chardonnay Napa Valley

Chardonnay Reserve Napa Valley Wine Details
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Description: Our 2002 Napa Valley Reserve Chardonnay offers a beautifully fresh, vivid aroma of ripe pears white peaches, and minerals, with complexing scents of butterscotch and spicy oak. On the palate, the wine unveils a viscous, but refined and silky texture, with supremely generous flavors of green apple, melon and citrus fruit framed by spicy oak tones and refreshing acidity. Youthfully compact and with tremendous reserves of deep, expansive Chardonnay fruit, this superlative white wine will richly reward 5-8 years of additional bottle age.

Varietal Definition
Chardonnay:
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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