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Apriori Cellar Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2016

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Jeb Dunnuck
Starting with the 2016 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast, this is a terrific value that spent 10 months in 30% new French oak. Notes of caramelized citrus, white grapefruit, tart pineapple and even a touch of minerality all emerge from this complex, medium-bodied, seamless Chardonnay that tastes like it cost 2-3 times the price.
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Apriori is the fruit of a collaboration between Patrice Breton & Georges Sabongui, two very passionate, focused and driven vintners who have been friends since high school. Both Patrice & Georges enjoyed successful careers in the technology industry before dedicating their attention to the craft of wine. They also co-founded and operate Champlain Partners LLC, a Private Equity firm specialized in the wine industry. Patrice directs all production operations of Apriori. He also owns and operates Vice Versa Wines, a high-end boutique winery based in Saint Helena, Napa Valley. Georges manages Apriori sales, marketing and administration.

Apriori Cellar was founded on the principle that quality, authenticity and joy should be part of every wine experience. Their winemaking philosophy is deeply rooted in balance and terroir, which is why they strive to showcase the pure qualities of their grapes and distinctive personalities of their climates. Their exacting commitment to beauty and truth results in very high quality wines that are sure to bring pleasure to everyone.

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A vast appellation covering Sonoma County’s Pacific coastline, the Sonoma Coast AVA runs all the way from the Mendocino County border, south to the San Pablo Bay. The region can actually be divided into two sections—the actual coastal vineyards, marked by marine soils, cool temperatures and saline ocean breezes—and the warmer, drier vineyards further inland, which are still heavily influenced by the Pacific but not quite with same intensity.

Contained within the appellation are the much smaller Fort Ross-Seaview and Petaluma Gap AVAs.

The Sonoma Coast is highly regarded for elegant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and, increasingly, cool-climate Syrah. The wines have high acidity, moderate alcohol, firm tannin, and balanced ripeness.

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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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