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East End Wine Exchange USD 6.99 750ml

Beaulieu Bv Coastal Chardonnay 2003

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Swirl, Sniff, Sip This lovely and elegant Carneros Chardonnay reflects both a long growing season and the benefits derived from new Dijon clones in the vineyard. Medium intense green-gold color with green pear, green almond, honey and apple fruit aromas, as well as a fine, lightly nutty aroma from lees aging. Medium-bodied, with typical Carneros Chardonnay aromas, and also fine subtle vanilla oak character. Bright acidity combined with creamy richness gives this wine a lengthy finish. A wine of excellent personality. Food Ideas: An ideal companion to marinated and grilled lemon chicken or a ripe, semi-soft cheese like French Morbier or Italian Fontina. Also, try it with shellfish and pasta salads. Winemaking Grapes were de-stemmed and gently crushed, retaining 25% whole berries. After a 3-5 day cold maceration to extract color and aroma compounds, the juice was fermented in stainless steel at an average temperature of 80 deg. F. The cap was punched down several times a day during the 7-9 days of fermentation, and the wine pressed off at dryness to barrels for completion of malolactic fermentation and further aging. The wine spent 9 months in barrels of 85% French, 13% American, and 2% Russian oak (30% new barrels). Varietal: 100% Chardonnay The Place: 90% Carneros, Napa Valley and 10% Sonoma

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Beaulieu Vineyard:
"Beau lieu" - A Beautiful Story about a Beautiful Place In 1900, when Georges de Latour's wife, Fernande, first laid eyes on the land that would become their original Rutherford vineyard, she named it "beau lieu," or "beautiful place." Shortly thereafter, de Latour sold his thriving cream of tartar business, bought the four-acre ranch and founded Beaulieu Vi... Read more
"Beau lieu" - A Beautiful Story about a Beautiful Place In 1900, when Georges de Latour's wife, Fernande, first laid eyes on the land that would become their original Rutherford vineyard, she named it "beau lieu," or "beautiful place." Shortly thereafter, de Latour sold his thriving cream of tartar business, bought the four-acre ranch and founded Beaulieu Vineyard with the vision of making Napa Valley wines that would rival those of his native France. De Latour quickly made a name for himself by importing Phylloxera-resistant rootstock from Europe to the recently-ravaged fledgling California wine industry. He also began selling wine to the Catholic Church, establishing a strong relationship that would allow Beaulieu Vineyard to become the only Napa Valley winery to remain in business during Prohibition. In fact, during Prohibition the winery increased its business. After the repeal in 1933, de Latour began searching for someone who could contribute European winemaking expertise. In 1938, he traveled to France and returned with André Tchelistcheff, famed viticulturist and enologist who instituted the philosophy of continuous innovation in vineyard and winery to which we remain dedicated today. Tchelistcheff introduced cold fermentation for white wines, malolactic fermentation for reds and aging red wines in small, French oak barrels. He also tasted the de Latour family's private wine-what they called "Private Reserve"-from the 1936 vintage. This Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine was so distinctive that Tchelistcheff insisted it be bottled and sold as the winery's flagship offering. The result was the inaugural release of Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that was destined to become Napa Valley's first "cult" Cabernet. Today we continue to turn to innovative practices to craft wines in our bold, classic style. We have become a leader in clonal research, and our BV Clone Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon wines are highly acclaimed. Most recently we completed a new state-of-the-art winery within one of our original buildings. The Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery utilizes the latest technology in combination with time-honored traditions for the production of this exceptional, wine-the longtime benchmark of Rutherford Cabernet. Read less

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Swirl, Sniff, Sip This lovely and elegant Carneros Chardonnay reflects both a long growing season and the benefits derived from new Dijon clones in the vineyard. Medium intense green-gold color with green pear, green almond, honey and apple fruit aromas, as well as a fine, lightly nutty aroma from lees aging. Medium-bodied, with typical Carneros Chardonnay aromas, and also fine subtle vanilla oak character. Bright acidity combined with creamy richness gives this wine a lengthy finish. A wine of excellent personality. Food Ideas: An ideal companion to marinated and grilled lemon chicken or a ripe, semi-soft cheese like French Morbier or Italian Fontina. Also, try it with shellfish and pasta salads. Winemaking Grapes were de-stemmed and gently crushed, retaining 25% whole berries. After a 3-5 day cold maceration to extract color and aroma compounds, the juice was fermented in stainless steel at an average temperature of 80 deg. F. The cap was punched down several times a day during the 7-9 days of fermentation, and the wine pressed off at dryness to barrels for completion of malolactic fermentation and further aging. The wine spent 9 months in barrels of 85% French, 13% American, and 2% Russian oak (30% new barrels). Varietal: 100% Chardonnay The Place: 90% Carneros, Napa Valley and 10% Sonoma

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