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Indigo Hills Chardonnay 2001

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    This wine was made to capture the ripe, intense Central Coast Chardonnay characters of pear and pineapple, framed with bright, crisp acidity.

    The grapes for our Chardonnay were whole-cluster pressed to ensure that the grapes are gently squeezed and to allow the natural fruit character to shine through. The whole-cluster press eliminates the bitterness that typically results from crusher-destemmer, giving the wine a more elegant mouthfeel. During fermentation, temperature was monitored not to exceed 65° F to produce a slower, cooler fermentation that enhanced complexities of body, flavor, and aroma. Following fermentation, approximately 44% of the wine was transferred to mostly American oak barrels for an average of 4.7 months to soften the blend and add subtle oak influences. To achieve color clarity while preserving intensity and complexity, the wine was gently fined and pad filtered prior to bottling.

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    Indigo Hills

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    Indigo Hills, Central Coast, California
    Indigo Hills wines come from various coastal growing regions, including North Coast (consisting of Sonoma, Mendocino, Napa, Lake, and Marin Counties), the Central Coast, Napa and Sonoma, all of which have warm daytime temperatures and cool nights. The broad array of choice growing areas presents the winemaker with unparalleled winestyle flexibility. An elegant, refined wine from the coast. A perfect wine for dining and relaxing from the hurried world with the important people in your life.

    Central Coast

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    The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of the state's wine. The sprawling district covers most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara from the coast inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley. Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types, and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including Monterey, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, and Santa Cruz Mountains.

    Just about every major international grape variety is planted within this vast AVA, from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. A significant proportion of the region’s produce is generic, inexpensive bulk wine, but the Central Coast is also home to many small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as everything in between.

    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’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

    In the Glass

    When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

    Perfect Pairings

    Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based 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. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

    PBC1262245_2001 Item# 77811