Pine Ridge Dijon Clone Carneros Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
Pine Ridge Dijon Clone Carneros Chardonnay 2005 Front Label

Pine Ridge Dijon Clone Carneros Chardonnay 2005

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This unusually complex and balanced wine is produced from grapes grown in Pine Ridge's narrowly spaced estate vineyards in the sloping Carneros region. Pine Ridge was one of the first wineries to pair French Dijon Clones with Carneros soils, which in combination with utilizing a system of controlled stress yields intense fruit flavors from smaller berries. The result is a California Chardonnay that is stylistically original, a perfect marriage of both French and California winemaking regions.

This wine opens with fresh tropical fruit aromas of peach and pineapple, with hints of lime giving way to a slight toasty character. Outstanding balance shines upon entry, with good viscosity and acid providing a round mouthfeel, bolstered by bright tropical fruit tones and a nice mineral component.

Capped by a finish that is clean and rich, the 2005 Dijon Clones Chardonnay may be enjoyed now or cellared for up to five years.

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Pine Ridge Vineyards has been a leader in crafting iconic Cabernet Sauvignon wines from Stags Leap District since 1978. Our winery lies tucked beneath a ridge of pines, with a full view of the rugged outcropping of palisades that speak to the dramatic geologic origins of our home and its world-famous soils. Today, our estate vineyards span four additional appellations within Napa Valley — Howell Mountain, Oakville, Rutherford, and Carneros —and they are dedicated to producing powerful expressions of each distinct terroir.

Their winery and all of their estate vineyards are Napa Green Certified, with a fully customized conservation program for each site to encourage and protect biodiversity.
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Known for elegant wines that combine power and finesse, Carneros is set in the rolling hills that straddle the southernmost parts of both Sonoma and Napa counties. The cooling winds from the abutting San Pablo Bay, combined with lots of midday California sunshine, create an ideal environment for producing wines with a perfect balance of crisp acidity and well-ripened fruit.

This cooler pocket of California lends itself to growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Carneros is an important source of sparkling wines made in the style of Champagne as well.

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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.

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