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RayLen Chardonnay Silver Creek 2002

Chardonnay from North Carolina
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    Winemaker Notes

    Silver Creek Chardonnay is mountain grown at an elevation of 1,500 feet. The wine is 100% barrel fermented in French oak to accentuate it's richness. The creamy, buttery green apple aromas are delightfully followed by a soft vanilla and oak flavor.

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    RayLen Vineyards & Winery

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    RayLen Vineyards & Winery, North Carolina
    This picturesque vineyard and winery is located in the central region of the Yadkin River Valley. RayLen enjoys a beautiful landscape overlooking the valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Yadkin Valley's unique microclimate and soils have proven to be optimal for growing European varietals. RayLen's estate vineyards include Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet France, and Shiraz.

    North Carolina

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    Among its rugged and diverse landscape, North Carolina’s exciting wine trails boast well over 100 unique wineries. Already abundant in regional food, festivals, art and music, the North Carolina wine experience merges seamlessly with its local culture.

    Vineyards appear in three distinct regions: Mountains, Piedmont and the Coast. The Mountains region includes the rugged Blue Ridge Mountains, while the Piedmont region’s art and food culture offers the perfect setting for any wine tour. The Coast remains unsurpassed in beauty and charm. All three regions include official AVAs (American Viticultural Areas).

    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.

    ANC3341_2002 Item# 59740