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Sonoma Creek Carneros Chardonnay 1998

Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    Our Carneros Chardonnay is a rich complex Burgundian style Chardonnay. The fresh citrus and tropical fruit flavors blend smoothly with the creamy, vanilla, and toasty flavors of barrel fermentation. This wine has multiple layers that slowly unveil making each sip unique. The cool Carneros climate produces a naturally crisp balanced wine.

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    Sonoma Creek Winery

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    Sonoma Creek Winery, Carneros, California
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    The land of Sonoma Creek has a rich heritage dating back to the late 1800s. What once was a successful dairy operation then became home to Brahma Steers, pedigree horses and rodeos. In 1978, the founders of Sonoma Creek returned to the land to begin working on the formation of the vineyards. Over the years, Sonoma Creek evolved from a vineyard-only operation into a winery and 1989 saw the first release of Sonoma Creek Chardonnay.

    In 2003, the Kautz Family, makers of Ironstone Vineyards wines, added Sonoma Creek to their portfolio of wine offerings. With their commitment to sourcing premium winegrapes from the very best vineyards Sonoma County has to offer, combined with their experience of over four decades of growing premium winegrapes and close to two decades of producing award-winning wines, you'll discover these wines reflect the outstanding quality of this historic region.

    Carneros

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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.

    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.

    HEI7896251_1998 Item# 22147