Carneros Hills Winery Chardenet Durell Vineyard Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
Carneros Hills Winery Chardenet Durell Vineyard Chardonnay 2012 Front Label

Carneros Hills Winery Chardenet Durell Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

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750ML / 14.4% ABV
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750ML / 14.4% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Dating back to its first use in 1849, "Chardenet" was the original spelling for the Chardonnay grape in France. Carneros Hills Winery produces limited amounts of vineyard designated wines under this name: one from the Durell Vineyard and one from Coteau Blanc, which is comprised of several choice blocks located within the Carneros Hills Vineyard.

Aromas of yellow peach, poached pear, lemon peel, beeswax, and lanolin intertwine on the nose. On the palate, rich white plum, g, and dried ginger flavors lead into a powerfully structured, riverstone-inflected texture that persists for minutes.

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This is an inaugural release for the winery, established in 2013 where a former part of Buena Vista Winery stood. The grapes come from rocky Durell nearby, and take on its signature concentration and celebration of fruit. Golden in color, this is a ripe mingling of pear, baked apple and caramel that is entirely full bodied.
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Carneros Hills Winery, California
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Wine lovers familiar with the Carneros region know that it spans the southern ends of Napa and Sonoma counties, and that on a clear day you can see across San Pablo Bay all the way to the spires of San Francisco, 20 nautical miles away. They know too—and can feel—the moist, chilly winds that almost constantly wash across Carneros, keeping temperatures moderate.

Carneros Hills Winery is in the tenderloin of Carneros, south of the Carneros Highway. It is a new winery, established just in 2013. Despite its recent inception the winery has history and tradition behind it, having been the site of the historic Buena Vista Winery on the Sonoma side of the appellation, just over the Napa border. The winery underwent dramatic renovations in 2013-2014, including cutting-edge innovations for artisanal Pinot Noir production: hand-sorting systems, basket presses and a variety of fermentation vessels. Individual barrel rooms provide the ideal conditions for primary and secondary fermentations as well as aging.

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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.

RGL0101265SX_2012 Item# 156095

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