St. Francis Chardonnay 2001

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California

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Item No. 52741
  • white wine
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    Winemaker's Notes

    Rich and butterscotchy, this Chardonnay is a fresh expression of the classic varietal. At least half the grapes in this blend were grown in our own vineyards; the rest we carefully selected from nearby vineyards in the Dry Creek, Sonoma, Alexander, and Russian River Valley appellations, choosing only fully ripened fruit. We fermented the wine in different lots in our home winery, some in new oak barrels, some in stainless steel tanks, aging both for six months before blending them, and then finished it with 100% malolactic fermentation.

    As you'll taste, the barrel component adds a toasty complexity; the tank, fruity grape notes. Fruit and melon aromas are offset on the palate by hints of oak and vanilla. Medium- to full-bodied, this Chardonnay has ripe fruit flavors, good acid balance in the mouth, and a rich, persistent finish.

    A crisp wine with balanced acidity that counters rich foods beautifully. Almost any fruit will bring out the ripe fruit flavors already inherent in this millennial Sonoma Chardonnay.

    Learn About St. Francis Map ItMap It

    St. Francis Vineyards & Winery, located in the heart of Sonoma County, produces big, bold, full-bodied wines that over deliver on flavor. Each wine is made from 100% hand-picked, Sonoma County fruit and are direct expressions of winemaker Tom Mackey, whose philosophy calls for "maximum extraction, minimal interaction."

    St. Francis achieves critical acclaim from the wine media who refers to it as The House of Big Reds. Among its many accolades, St. Francis was recently named International Red Wine Maker of The Year by the London International Wine Challenge.

    Learn About Sonoma County

    Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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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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