Baileyana Grand Firepeak Cuvee Chardonnay 2010
Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
This Chardonnay is fresh and clean, with tropical flavors of pineapple, coconut and lemon zest. It has great acid and a note of minerality throughout. Very well balanced and smoothly textured, it shows hints of French oak, graham crackers and vanilla.
"A big, broad-shouldered wine, the 2010 impresses for its breadth and sheer personality. Lemon peel, tangerine, white flowers and mint all add complexity in a Chardonnay that is bright and focused, but also wonderfully structured. This is a rare Edna Valley Chardonnay endowed with superb balance and tons of pure personality. The 2010 spent nine months in French oak barrels, 32% new."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"This shows the bright acidity and pure fruit of Edna Valley, with laser-like orange,
pineapple and mango fruit, touched with honey, butter
and smoky oak. Very pure and focused, it’s a distinctive
wine that smacks of its terroir.
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Learn About Baileyana
Baileyana's winemaking facility is in the heart of the Edna Valley. The building was designed and built to Christian Roguenant's specifications. It houses a first-rate fruit delivery system, small presses, and many small open-top fermentors. In an adjacent building are three climate-controlled barrel rooms. The winery design allows Christian and his winemaking team a number of...
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The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...
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Learn About Chardonnay
White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
soils and different climates. While frequently paired with
its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy,
France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...
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