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Dunnewood Chardonnay Dry Silk 1997

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    From its pale straw color to its luscious creamy finish; our Dunnewood North Coast Chardonnay is an exceptional wine. The aromas of pineapple, Kiwi, Pear, Green Apple and Mango are enhanced with the bouquet of vanilla/creamy oak and subtle hints of cinnamon, cloves, honeysuckle and rose. The palate comes alive with flavors of peach, apple and melon.

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    Dunnewood Vineyards

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    Dunnewood Vineyards, Sonoma County, California
    Have you ever tried a glass of wine that tasted better than you expected? More flavorful maybe? One with a long, satisfying finish? A wine that truly complemented your meal? If so, you'll appreciate the craftsmanship we put into our varietal wines at Dunnewood Vineyards and Winery. America's most flavorful grapes are grown in the heart of California's North Coast wine region. That's where you'll find Dunnewood. Located only 30 miles from the coast, and sited 700' above sea level, we benefit from the temperature climate and rich soil of America's wine growing heartland. It's an ideal location for a winery, one that allows us to select the best grapes from a variety of wine growing regions, including Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Dunnewood wine is apparent from the very first sip. Savored with a number of delicious meals, each bottle is an embodiment of the finest winemaking art, and a reflection of the inspiration and effort Dunnewood puts into making every bottle our most exquisite yet.

    Sonoma County

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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.

    Chardonnay

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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 practically every country in the wine producing world grows it, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. As far as cellar potential, white Burgundy rivals the world’s other age-worthy whites like Riesling or botrytized Semillon. California is Chardonnay’s second most important home, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia and South America are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

    In the Glass

    When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay flavors tend towards grapefruit, lemon zest, green apple, celery leaf and wet flint, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of melon, peach and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut and spice, while malolactic fermentation imparts a soft and creamy texture.

    Perfect Pairings

    Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with flaky white fish with herbs, scallops, turkey breast and soft cheeses. Richer Chardonnays marry well with lobster, crab, salmon, roasted chicken and creamy sauces.

    Sommelier Secret

    Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. In Burgundy, the subregion of Chablis, while typically employing the use of older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy its lighter style.

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