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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Moon Mountain Chardonnay 2004
Moon Mountain Chardonnay 2004
(search item no. 88653)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $15.29

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2004 Moon Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay from Sonoma County shows intense aromas of apple pie and spice, while delicate nuances of vanilla from oak aging add complexity and richness. Mouthfilling flavors of pear and citrus are complemented by refreshing acidity. Lightly oaked, the wine shows the natural crisp fruit flavors of the varietal that have made Chardonnay the king of white wines. A beautifully balanced finish adds to the classic style of this Chardonnay, which pairs wonderfully with grilled fish or roasted fowl dishes. If you are planning to serve this wine with cheese, we recommend Morbier, Gruyère, Winchester Gouda or Brie.
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About Moon Mountain Vineyard :

High in the Mayacamas Mountains on the western side of Mt. Veeder, more than 1,000 feet above the Sonoma Valley, Moon Mountain Vineyard offers some of the most difficult winegrowing conditions in California. The steep south-facing slopes, punctuated by volcanic rock outcroppings, consist of thin, well-drained soils derived from volcanic ash and lava. Situated well above the fog line, the vineyard receives generous sunshine late into the afternoon. This combination of frugal soils and warm, sunny microclimate stresses the vines to produce rich rewards: small crops of superbly concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes.

Organic farming keeps the vines in balance and healthy, while enhancing the grapes' flavors. Harvested at full maturity, the grapes receive meticulous care in the winery, including slow aging in small oak barrels in mountainside caves and careful blending to achieve mouth-filling flavors of black cherry and currant fruit, complemented by subtle spice and toast complexity.