Imagery Estate Winery Chardonnay 2016
Blend: 95% Chardonnay, 5% Chenin Blanc
Rooted in three decades of Sonoma Valley winemaking, Imagery embraces the artistry of fine wine. Our Estate Tasting Room is known for helping wine lovers discover new and esoteric varietals surrounded by one of the world’s largest wine label art collections. In our new line of Imagery wines, we’re celebrating traditional varietals enhanced with something a little outside the box. It’s our way of inviting you to raise a glass and Broaden Your Palate.
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.