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Date Printed: 10/25/2014
Badge Rancho Santa Rosa Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay 2006
Badge Rancho Santa Rosa Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay 2006
(search item no. 102552)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The fruit for Bruno's BADGE Chardonnay comes from Rancho Santa Rosa, in the STA. Rita Hills appellation. To achieve the great balance in this wine, Bruno aged it partially in French oak barrel and partially in stainless steel. To keep the wine light, so that it dances on the tongue, he gave it partial malolactic acid fermentation. This blending of three different ways to age a wine and finish its flavor resulted in a wine that has a touch of oak, a little bit of body, and a light crispness generally not seen in Chardonnay. Whether you drink this wine alone, or pair it with food, it's an equally enjoyable treat. With lemony notes and a touch of sweet citrus rind, this Chardonnay has great balance, and a long finish. It pairs well with textural seafoods, such as crab, shrimp, or lobster. So cook up a batch of the old-fashioned crab cakes and let the wine flow!
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About Badge:

A famous winemaker in Santa Barbara County, Bruno has been making Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese under his DiBruno label since 1996. In 2005, he added Pinot Noir to his personal portfolio, under the BADGE label.