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Naked Earth White Blend 2013

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    Winemaker Notes

    Clean and golden color accented by viognier. Stunningly floral and full on the nose, with scents of honey apricot and pear. Crisp upon entry, with notes of lemon and grapefruit, followed by flavors of vanilla and hibiscus flowers. A dry finish with gripping texture, fresh minerality and balanced acidity.

    Grape Varieties: 51% Chardonnay, 49% Sauvignon Blanc

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    Naked Earth, France
    Stripped down to the basics of viticulture, Naked Earth's grapes are made by the environment in which it inhabits, meaning the vines live in ecological harmony with the soil, water and organisms of this precious land, and this in turn creates healthier grapes, grown in a natural setting.

    In the winery is where the magic of nature transforms from pure terroir into the glass, where the same care that was given to nature continues into every bottle, each one a sample of the Naked Earth

    Nearly synonymous with fine wine and all things epicurean, France has a culture of wine production and consumption that is deeply rooted in tradition. Many of the world’s most beloved grape varieties originated here, as did the concept of “terroir”—soil type, elevation, slope angle and mesoclimate combine to produce resulting wines that convey a sense of place. Accordingly, most French wine is labeled by geographical location, rather than grape variety. So a general understaning of which grapes correspond to which regions can be helpful in navigating all of the types of French wine. Some of the greatest wine regions in the world are here, including Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône, and Champagne, but each part of the country has its own specialties and strengths.

    Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, are the king and queen of Burgundy, producing elegant red and white wines with great acidity, the finest examples of which can age for decades. The same varieties, along with Pinot Meunier, are used in Champagne. Of comparable renown is Bordeaux, focused on bold, structured red wines made of blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc including sometimes a small amount of Petit Verdot or Malbec. The primary white varieties of Bordeaux are Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. The Rhône Valley is responsible for monovarietal Syrah in the north, while the south specializes in Grenache blends; Rhône's main white variety is Viognier.

    Most of these grape varieties are planted throughout the country and beyond, extending their influence into other parts of Europe and New World appellations.

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    With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

    CWL19350913_2013 Item# 138966