St. Clement Napa Valley Chardonnay 2006

Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California

Item No. 92611
  • white wine
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

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Winemaker's Notes

The grapes for this wine were hand picked, and the fruit was whole cluster pressed to protect the flavors and aromas. This Chardonnay is 100 percent barrel fermented in 20 percent new French oak, with the remaining portion in two and three-year-old French oak. Winemaker Danielle Cyrot chose to put approximately 85 percent of the blend through malolactic fermentation.

All of the lots were kept separate and aged sur lee with no lees stirring for eight months before blending and bottling. The goal is to create a wine with a creamy texture and mid-palate weight that retains the character of the fruit and the Carneros acidity.

This Chardonnay has lush aromas of lemon, ripe cantaloupe and kiwi that transition to flavors of honeydew, citrus and green apple on the palate. A creamy mouthfeel and vanilla spice notes from the French oak round out the mid-palate, and the wine finishes with a refreshing acidity and a touch of minerality.

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This historic Napa winery was purchased by Beringer in 1999. Beringer Wine Estates also owns Meridian Vineyards, Chateau St. Jean, Napa Ridge, Chateau Souverain and Stags' Leap Winery. St. Clement Vineyards will continue to produce small lots of premium wines under the same winemaking staff, with the universal goal of producing the best wines possible from exceptional regional fruit.

Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, 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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