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Napa Carneros Estate Chardonnay 2006

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Winemaker Notes Geoff farms his Chardonnay in the breezy Carneros District where the cooling bay fog added to the effect of the long ripening season yielding small, intensely flavored clusters. Following harvest the first week of October, he fermented half the juice in oak for roundness and richness and the other half in stainless steel for vibrant fruit character. He brought the two together to create a fresh style of great complexity and vitality. A bright perfume of green apple, sweet vanilla, pineapple and spice anticipates lively flavors of Asian pear, Meyer lemon and toasty oak. The creamy, lingering finish is the mark of several months of aging sur lies. Food Suggestions The crisp acidity makes this Chardonnay very versatile at the table. Geoff loves it with Colleen's recipe for Salmon Cakes with Lemon Herb Aioli. "Salmon is a classic with Chardonnay and Colleen's aioli sauce has just the right amount of lemon to bring out the citrus notes in the wine. It's a great combination!" Enjoy the Chardonnay with everything from sautéed shellfish to roast pork loin or pasta with cream sauce. It's an easy-going partner for a wide variety of cheeses. The tasting room staff loves it with Gruyere or a bit of Brie at the end of the day. Cheers! Cases produced: 1630 Click on the Download icon to download a clean copy of this Winemaker Note. This document is posted in PDF for on-line viewing (if you have the Adobe PDF plug-in for your browser) or download by selecting "save file" and print off-line with Adobe Reader! Need Adobe Reader? You can download a FREE copy. Click for details and download your FREE copy of Adobe Reader for Macintosh or Windows.

Region: Napa; Carneros

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Winemaker Notes Geoff farms his Chardonnay in the breezy Carneros District where the cooling bay fog added to the effect of the long ripening season yielding small, intensely flavored clusters. Following harvest the first week of October, he fermented half the juice in oak for roundness and richness and the other half in stainless steel for vibrant fruit character. He brought the two together to create a fresh style of great complexity and vitality. A bright perfume of green apple, sweet vanilla, pineapple and spice anticipates lively flavors of Asian pear, Meyer lemon and toasty oak. The creamy, lingering finish is the mark of several months of aging sur lies. Food Suggestions The crisp acidity makes this Chardonnay very versatile at the table. Geoff loves it with Colleen's recipe for Salmon Cakes with Lemon Herb Aioli. "Salmon is a classic with Chardonnay and Colleen's aioli sauce has just the right amount of lemon to bring out the citrus notes in the wine. It's a great combination!" Enjoy the Chardonnay with everything from sautéed shellfish to roast pork loin or pasta with cream sauce. It's an easy-going partner for a wide variety of cheeses. The tasting room staff loves it with Gruyere or a bit of Brie at the end of the day. Cheers! Cases produced: 1630 Click on the Download icon to download a clean copy of this Winemaker Note. This document is posted in PDF for on-line viewing (if you have the Adobe PDF plug-in for your browser) or download by selecting "save file" and print off-line with Adobe Reader! Need Adobe Reader? You can download a FREE copy. Click for details and download your FREE copy of Adobe Reader for Macintosh or Windows.

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