Butternut Chardonnay 2019
Aromas of peach, hazelnut and spiced candied apple breeze around the brim. Round, creamy notes of fig, butterscotch and sweet oak dance on the palate.
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Grapes from California’s best Chardonnay growing regions are sourced for this extroverted expression. The oak influence displays subtle notes of vanilla custard atop apple pie. The taste factor is high with this wine, as is its demonstration of great balance between acid and fruit.
The 2019 Chardonnay comes from vineyards throughout California and was brought up all in tank. Lots of ripe lemon and subtle tropical fruit as well as chamomile and flowers emerge on the nose, and it's solid on the palate, with a layered, ripe texture, moderate acidity, and some toasty, nutty nuances on the finish. It's a rich, textured Chardonnay to drink over the coming year or two.
California’s most praised white wine, Chardonnay is also the state’s most planted white grape variety. Diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredible range of wine styles.
Chardonnay planted in the cooler, coastal zones takes on bright characteristics like lemon zest, key lime, green apple and wet flint. For this style, look to the chilly Sonoma Coast, Carneros, Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Lucia Highlands and Edna Valley.
The inland zones of California’s coast, such as the Russian River, Sonoma, Napa and Livermore Valleys maintain a more Goldilocks-esque climate where both styles go. Early picking retains acidity and creates a leaner style but leaving the grapes to hang creates an approachable Chardonnay, balancing richness and finesse.