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Oak Cliff Cellars Curtis Ranch Zinfandel 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes for this wine come from two different vineyards in Sonoma County: one in the Carneros AVA, closer to the San Pablo bay north of San Francisco, and the other from Russian River AVA, which stretches from Highway 101 out to the Coast. Because both of these winegrowing regions experience warm days and cool nights (influenced by cool bay breezes and fog, in the case of Carneros, and by cool Pacific breezes and fog, in the case of the Russian River Valley), they are both suitable for growing more delicate varieties of grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Our Sonoma Chardonnay is unoaked and therefore the fruit character of the Chardonnay grape is not masked by Oak influences. By contrast, this wine is able to develop its full classic Chardonnay flavor profile of green apple, pear and melon, with an underlying citrus note throughout. At the same time, this wine has gone through 100% malolactic fermentation, by means of which the more stringent malic acids are converted into softer, more food friendly lactic acids – hence its creamy finish. The wine should be served at about 50 – 52 % (no colder). As it warms in the glass, the sharper green apple notes that first hit the palate become softer flavors of pear and melon. This is a wonderful wine to serve as a reception wine by itself or with seafood, chicken, salads or vegetarian and lighter dishes.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Chardonnay
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The grapes for this wine come from two different vineyards in Sonoma County: one in the Carneros AVA, closer to the San Pablo bay north of San Francisco, and the other from Russian River AVA, which stretches from Highway 101 out to the Coast. Because both of these winegrowing regions experience warm days and cool nights (influenced by cool bay breezes and fog, in the case of Carneros, and by cool Pacific breezes and fog, in the case of the Russian River Valley), they are both suitable for growing more delicate varieties of grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Our Sonoma Chardonnay is unoaked and therefore the fruit character of the Chardonnay grape is not masked by Oak influences. By contrast, this wine is able to develop its full classic Chardonnay flavor profile of green apple, pear and melon, with an underlying citrus note throughout. At the same time, this wine has gone through 100% malolactic fermentation, by means of which the more stringent malic acids are converted into softer, more food friendly lactic acids – hence its creamy finish. The wine should be served at about 50 – 52 % (no colder). As it warms in the glass, the sharper green apple notes that first hit the palate become softer flavors of pear and melon. This is a wonderful wine to serve as a reception wine by itself or with seafood, chicken, salads or vegetarian and lighter dishes.

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Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.25%

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