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Unfiltered Chardonnay

Unfiltered Chardonnay Wine Details
Price: $55.00 per bottle

Description: The 2003 vintage experienced an early bud break in spring; however, temperatures quickly cooled and remained low until late April. The heat turned up in May resulting in rapid growth. Temperatures cooled again during bloom, causing shatter to the vines. August saw a few exceptionally hot days and cold nights (70-75 F difference), and once again, ripening slowed. Harvest was two weeks late due to an early September rain. The mild season and extended hang time enabled us to extract wonderfully soft flavors with great balance.

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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