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Date Printed: 7/30/2014
Pine Ridge Dijon Clone Carneros Chardonnay 2006
Pine Ridge Dijon Clone Carneros Chardonnay 2006
(search item no. 95140)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
The Wine News rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $28.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This unusually complex and balanced wine is produced from grapes grown in Pine Ridge's narrowly spaced estate vineyards in the sloping Carneros region. Pine Ridge was one of the first wineries to pair French Dijon clones with Carneros soils, which in combination with utilizing a system of controlled stress yields intense fruit flavors from smaller berries. The result is a California Chardonnay that is stylistically original, a perfect marriage of both French and California winemaking regions.

Tropical fruit aromas of peach and nectarine are delicately woven with lemon zest, vanilla and toast on the nose. This medium to full-bodied Chardonnay is teeming with a vibrant array of citrus flavors, bright acidity and a creamy, silky texture that gives way to a subtle toasty component. The finish of stone fruits and lemon peel lingers on the palate, complementing the excellent balance that has become a hallmark of the Dijon clones bottling.

This wine may be enjoyed now or cellared for up to five years.

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About Pine Ridge:

In 1978 , a remarkable vineyard took shape alongside a deep pine forest that climbs the western hillside of Napa Valley’s storied Stags Leap District. Today, nestled in a small valley along the Silverado Trail, the carefully maintained and terraced slopes of Pine Ridge Vineyards blend gracefully with the natural rise and fall of the land. Year after year, the wines of Pine Ridge carry a sense of this place and its history. Continuity, balance and meticulous craftsmanship are inherent in the wines and deeply embedded in the winery's heritage. Each vintage reflects the distinct characteristics of the appellation and a focused commitment to refinement that reaches across the years, from the founding of the winery to today.