Anapamu Chardonnay 1998 Front Label
Anapamu Chardonnay 1998 Front Label

Anapamu Chardonnay 1998

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    Winemaker Notes

    Due to El Nino climatic conditions were prevaldent in 1998, the cool spring resulted in a late harvest with small yields and grapes with concentrated fruit flavors. In order to preserve these sun ripened flavors, the grapes were pressed immediately at the winery, the juice was settled and fed directly into barrels for fermentation. The minimal handling by not crushing nor destemming the grapes maximizes flavors and minimizes bitter tannins from the skin and seed contact. The juice slowly fermented over the next five weeks predominantly in un-inoculated yeasts, thus adding complexity. We used mostly new American and European oak to compliment, but not overwhelm the fruit flavors of the wine. Malolactic fermentation added further layers of flavor and richness. The wine completed seven months of sur lie aging with periodic stirring, adding a creamy mouthfeel. The wine remained in the original barrels without racking until blending. The wine was minimally fined, but not filtered prior to bottling, this is to preserve the wines full flavors and texture.

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    Anapamu, California
    Anapamu's distinctively styled wines showcase grapes carefully selected from quality vineyards in the Central Coast area of California. The sun-rich Central Coast is making a name for itself as a great wine-growing region by producing wines that exhibit unsurpassed quality and value.

    Anapamu's wines are made from flavorful grapes (with a particular focus on award-winning Syrah) and are approachable and unpretentious.

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    The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast California wine district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley.

    Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.

    While the Central Coast California wine region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few Central Coast reds and whites. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.

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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.

    PBC1259647_1998 Item# 10353

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