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White Hart Chardonnay 2016

  • WE89
750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Bright aromas of granny smith apples, mandarin orange, nutmeg, baking bread. Mouth filling flavors of green apples, baked apple tart, and citrus. Medium long finish with vanilla oak and gentle spice notes.

Pairs well with roast poultry, grilled or baked fish, light pastas and rich salads.

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Light, fresh and easy aromas of lemon blossoms, tangerine juice and a chalky marble-like minerality show on the nose of this bottling from one of the most bang-for-buck regions in Monterey County. Clean and crisp on the sip, flavors of lemon juice, white peach, more chalk and a kiss of oak round out the palate.
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White Hart, 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
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Arroyo Seco

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Named after the dramatic, seasonal river of rain and snowmelt that cuts through the upper elevations of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the Arroyo Seco AVA extends east from the resultant mountain gorge, and into the rural and warm Salinas Valley. During the growing season, cool and damp Pacific Ocean air penetrates the gorge and flows into the valley, creating a cool evening respite for vineyards after a hot summer day. This natural water-release has also created a subterranean aquifer, which helps set the foundation of the AVA's boundaries and supplies the vineyards with water.

Arroyo Seco was actually home to the first commercial vineyard in California, called Mission Ranch, which was owned and propogated by the Mirassou family in the 1960s.

Chardonnay is most widely grown here. But as one of Monterey’s warmer regions, Arroyo Seco enjoys the highest praise for its reds, namely Bordeaux blends.

Arroyo Seco is one of the oldest AVAs in California, its status granted in the early 1980s, and also remains one of its smallest.

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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.

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