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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Valley of the Moon Chardonnay 2005
Valley of the Moon Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 88274)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $12.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The fruit for this wine comes from vineyards in the Carneros, Sonoma Valley and Russian River areas in Sonoma County. These appellations are characterized by foggy mornings and cool breezes that keep the fruit at an optimum temperature: perfect conditions for growing premium Chardonnay grapes. Valley of the Moon Chardonnay is a delightful accompaniment to salads, seafood, fowl, lighter grilled meats, and cream-based pastas.
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About Valley of the Moon Winery:

Valley of the Moon Winery encompasses both the rich history and the innovative spirit of California wine.

Situated in the Sonoma Valley on land first planted to grapes in 1863, Valley of the Moon Winery is housed in a beautifully restored stone and redwood winery built in 1887. Blessed with rich volcanic soils and a distinctive “banana belt” microclimate, the estate vineyard has been a revered source of grapes for well over a century. A block of “old vine” Zinfandel planted in the 1940s is complemented by more recent plantings of Barbera, Sangiovese and Petite Sirah; all farmed sustainably with natural soil amendments and natural pest controls.

Yet Valley of the Moon Winery is a thoroughly modern - even cutting-edge - producer. The state-of-the-art production facility features a full complement of temperature-controlled stainless steel fermenters, and small French and American oak barrels; ideal for Valley of the Moon’s artisan winemaking. In addition to making superb Sonoma County Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir, Valley of the Moon Winery is a leader among California wineries in the production of several exciting up-and-coming wines: Syrah, Sangiovese, Pinot Blanc, Rosato di Sangiovese and Cuvée de la Luna, a proprietary Bordeaux-inspired blend. Sometimes hard to find, Valley of the Moon wines are definitely worth the search.