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White Hart Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
    14.5% ABV
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    14.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    The grapes for White Hart Chardonnay were grown in the Central Coast Arroyo Seco district, home of the famous "Greenfield Pebbles". These large, flat stones in the soil absorb heat from the midday sun and radiate that warmth during the cool, windy afternoons – keeping the vines vibrant in the day and protecting the grapes from freezing at night. The result is a wine with bright aromas of granny smith apples, mandarin orange, nutmeg, baking bread. The palate is full of mouthfilling flavors like green apples, baked apple tart, and citrus. It has a medium long finish with vanilla oak and gentle spice notes.

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    White Hart, Central Coast, California
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    Marcel has worked about three decades in and around the wine business, pretty much in all facets one can imagine.White Hart has access to some of the region’s most notable vineyards, including the oldest Pinot Noir vines in Santa Lucia Highlands. All its vineyards are sustainably farmed. The winery’s goal is to produce wines of varietal depth, complexity and exceptional value. White Hart is a favorite among wine industry insiders

    Central Coast

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    The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley.

    Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.

    While the region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.

    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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