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AERENA by Blackbird Vineyards Chardonnay 2017

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750ML / 14.1% ABV
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750ML / 14.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Crafted from two vineyards, one on Sonoma Mountain and one in the Russian River Valley, ÆRENA Chardonnay offers aromas and flavors of peach, lemon, cantaloupe, toasted almonds, and wet rock. Conversations in Yellow displays tightly woven density and ample richness with bright, refreshing acidity. It finishes long with lingering ripe pear, citrus and toffee flavors.

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COMMENTARY: The 2017 Aerena by Blackbird Vineyards Chardonnay is a well-presented wine. TASTING NOTES: This wine is attractive and well-balanced; Its pristine ripe fruit and warm, savory spice flavors should deliciously pair with pan-fried chicken thighs with wild mushrooms. (Tasted: July 8, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
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Inspired by Teddy Roosevelt’s powerful and provocative “Man in the Arena” speech, ÆRENA Wines celebrate the humble hero in all of us who try their hardest every day. Crafted by the Blackbird winemaking team—from under discovered vineyards in the North Coast—made to tantalize all our modest senses, without breaking the bank.

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Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa Valley, the region only produces about half the amount of wine but boasts both tremendous quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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