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Selby Chardonnay 1999

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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Winemaker Notes

Focused, with butterscotch, vanilla and ripe pear notes lingering through the toasty oak of the finish.

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Selby Winery

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Selby Winery, Sonoma County, California
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Selby Winery, located in Healdsburg, California, produces world-class wines which are hand-crafted by owner and winemaker, Susie Selby. The winery was founded in 1993 by Susie and her late father, Dr. David Selby. Selby Winery focuses on the "best of Sonoma County" using premier varietals from Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley. Selby Winery produces an eclectic array of award winning wines including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Malbec, Cabernet, and Rose.

"My father taught me that wine is an incredible combination of art, science and nature. I learned after he died that wine holds a special place for celebration, love and life. It has been cherished, admonished and revered as it has held a unique significance throughout the world’s history. I am privileged to be a winemaker and proud to present my wine in honor of my father. Enjoy wine; enjoy life." ~ Susie Selby

Sonoma County

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Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa Valley, the region only produces about half the amount of wine but boasts both tremendous quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

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.

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