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Carneros Chardonnay

Saintsbury Carneros Chardonnay

United States
REGION
California
SIZE
750ml
ABV
13.5%
VINTAGE
2011
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Producer
One of the USA’s best respected producers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Saintsbury has been championing an elegant, more “European” style for over twenty-five years. Dick Ward and David Graves met at oenology classes at UC Davis in 1977, and founded Saintsbury in 1981, two years before the Carneros appellation was officially recognized. Since then they have remained at the forefront of experimentation in both vineyard and cellar, with detailed investigation into (among other things) clones, irrigation and filtration helping them continually refine the style of their wines and stay at the top of the quality tree in these two varieties.

Vineyard
Grapes are a mixture of grower-sourced and estate grown, with the choice of growers varying according to who has the best fruit in a given vintage. Both Dijon clones and the local Wente and Cabral selections were used. The harvest took place from late September to mid-October.

Winery
The grapes were whole-bunch pressed and barrel fermented in French oak (twenty percent new). The wine was aged on lees for about eight months, with a touch of stirring for added richness; the malolactic completed during this time. The wine was bottled unfiltered, for a more vibrant fruit character and fuller mouthfeel.

Taste
A restrained style of California Chardonnay, with pear and citrus fruit backed up with the slightest hint of barrel-derived spice. Quite firm and structured on the palate, made in an elegant, food-friendly style.

Press
90 points & Editor’s Choice, Wine Enthusiast, August 2013

SPEC

Characteristics
ABV 13.5%
Closure Screw Cap
Size 750ml
Grape Variety Chardonnay
Vintage 2011
Location
Country United States
Region California
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