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Deloach Chardonnay California 2006

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This full-bodied Chardonnay draws its structure and spice from grapes grown on carefully selected hillside vineyards in the Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast appellations. The cool Sonoma Coast microclimate contributes a spicy bouquet of citrus and ripe pear. This Chardonnay is highlighted by elegant buttery textures and flavors of golden delicious apples and marzipan almond past with lively mouthwatering flavors, crisp acidity and distinctive balance. This wine is showing well now and will continue to gain complexity for 1-2 years. Try it as an elegant aperitif paired with hors d'oeuvres, or with almond-crusted chicken with arugula.

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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DeLoach Vineyards:
DeLoach Vineyards pioneered Pinot Noir wine growing in the Russian River Valley when Cecil DeLoach, a firefighter from San Francisco with a passion for winemaking, first planted the grape in 1973. In 2003, DeLoach Vineyards was purchased by the Boisset Family from Burgundy, France, when Jean-Charles Boisset fell in love with the Russian River Valley on his first visit to the area, immediately r... Read more
DeLoach Vineyards pioneered Pinot Noir wine growing in the Russian River Valley when Cecil DeLoach, a firefighter from San Francisco with a passion for winemaking, first planted the grape in 1973. In 2003, DeLoach Vineyards was purchased by the Boisset Family from Burgundy, France, when Jean-Charles Boisset fell in love with the Russian River Valley on his first visit to the area, immediately recognizing the similarities between Sonoma County and Burgundy: each boast a confluence of river, mountains, and soil that is perfect for growing world-class Pinot Noir. A recognized authority on biodynamic, organic, and sustainable winemaking, the Boisset Family had been using these eco-friendly practices in their estate vineyards in Burgundy and understood the positive effects they had on the health of the land and the quality of the wine. In 2004 the family brought that vision here to DeLoach Vineyards. Showing our dedication to the environment, we tore up award-winning, highly-lauded vineyards after the 2004 vintage and replanted with cover crops designed to revitalize the soil. New vines were planted in 2006, and the first vintage grown with biodynamic farming techniques will be the eagerly-awaited 2010 vintage. In the meantime, we continue to produce world-class wine by partnering with winegrowers who are equally dedicated to and passionate about eco-friendly farming practices and the production of high-quality wines of distinction. At DeLoach Vineyards, we focus on small-lot winemaking, giving exceptional care and attention to our Russian River Valley, O.F.S. and Vineyard Designate wines. Our passion is Pinot Noir - the noble variety of Burgundy that demands a delicate, labor-intensive process to showcase the exceptional terroir and complexity of the Russian River Valley and beyond. The diligence required to produce truly original, terroir-driven Pinot Noir is given to each wine that we craft. In keeping with our Burgundian Heritage, we use French open-top wood fermentors for all of our Russian River Valley, O.F.S, and Vineyard Designate Pinot Noirs, as well as our old-vine Zinfandel. We also practice hand punch-downs, known as pigeage -- another Burgundian winemaking tradition. Tasting Room Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Groups with more than ten guests are accepted by appointment. Read less

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- Tasted at Lee's Wine Experience 11/7/09


External Reviews for Deloach Chardonnay California

External Review
Source: Sonoma Harvest Fair
11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Silver Medal


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesOur O.F.S. Chardonnay is truly an outstanding wine. A beautiful golden hue in the glass, it offers aromas of Gravenstein apples, musk melon, wild honey and sweet spice. A rich filling entry on the palate with a creamy, round mouthfeel and soft clean finish characterize this wine. Share a bottle with a good friend tonight!


External Review
05/23/2011

Firmly textured, with good acidity, serving up pretty apple, pear and citrus flavors. Finishes moderately, with a fresh, minerally finish. Drink now through 2001.


External Review
05/23/2011

Bright yellow gold. medium-bodied. Moderately extracted. Clean stone fruit flavors with an oaky finish.



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This full-bodied Chardonnay draws its structure and spice from grapes grown on carefully selected hillside vineyards in the Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast appellations. The cool Sonoma Coast microclimate contributes a spicy bouquet of citrus and ripe pear. This Chardonnay is highlighted by elegant buttery textures and flavors of golden delicious apples and marzipan almond past with lively mouthwatering flavors, crisp acidity and distinctive balance. This wine is showing well now and will continue to gain complexity for 1-2 years. Try it as an elegant aperitif paired with hors d'oeuvres, or with almond-crusted chicken with arugula.

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