Windsor Sonoma Chardonnay 2008
Chardonnay from Russian River, California
The 2008 Chardonnay displays lovely aromas of butterscotch, caramel and roasted nuts. Bright tropical acidity and palate softness from sur lie aging along with toasty aromas, offer a Chardonnay that will please just about everyone.
Wine Enthusiast - "This is a firm, dry, minerally Chardonnay. It's not blockbuster rich, but it is clean and vibrant and elegant. The flinty flavors are enriched with notes of pineapples and green apples, while oak and lees give hints of buttered toast and sour cream. A very fine, food-friendly wine that sommeliers should be aware of."
Windsor Sonoma Winery
WINDSOR SONOMA WINERY, an ultra-premium portfolio of Sonoma County wines produced by renowned winemakers Marco DiGiulio and Anthony Austin, leads the way in showcasing the best wines from the best appellations of Sonoma County. These two highly experienced and well respected winemakers have guided the stellar winemaking efforts at Girard and Sonoma Coast Vineyards for many years by methodically sourcing and securing long-term contracts with prime vineyard sites. Committed to quality and value, they are dedicated to providing ultra-premium wines sourced from the best Sonoma County vineyards and appellations. View all Windsor Sonoma Wines
About Russian River
The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to Christmas trees.
Notable FactsThe proximity of this cool river and the rolling fogs from the Pacific Ocean make the area amenable to cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In fact, the region is quite known for its full-bodied, yet elegant Pinot Noir, as well as their ripe, yet lean Chardonnays. Within Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. Chalk Hill is the warmer of the two and furthest from the ocean, while Green Valley is cooler and closer to the water.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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