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Stonehedge Chardonay Terroir Select Blanc 2005

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Santa Lucia Highlands which is geographically located at the Northern tip of Monterey County, has the best microclimate and soil for growing Chardonnay. Cool nights, follwed by foggy mornings and then high temperatures during the day provides ideal growing conditions. This region, already has some of the best Chardonnay produced in California, is also the home to "Old Oak Ranch."This wine is the result of marriage of 2 lots, (50-50) one of which has completed Malolactic fermentation and one which has not. Malolactic fermentation brings the wholeness and buttery character, and the non malolactic brings bright fruit and structure.The result is a supreme balance that could keep the most snobbish wine drinker happy.88 points! - This rich yellow Chardonnay opens with a lemon like bouquet with notes of buttered popcorn and banana. On the palate, this wine is round, creamy, with apple, pineapple, and other citrusy influences. The finish is dry and a bit subtle. The wine is a very nice everyday offering. We felt the wine would pair nicely with manny foods and particularly well with sharp cheddar cheese and crackers. - Kens Wine GuideBronze - San Diego National Wine Competition 2008Bronze - Dallas Morning News Wine Competition 2008

Region: USA » California » Napa » St. Helena

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Stonehedge Winery:
In 1992, the Shahabi Brothers began producing wines in the small town of St. Helena, situated in the heart of Napa Valley. The Shahabis selected Napa Valley with the strong belief that the rich and diverse terrain of Napa Valley combined with the ever beaming and warm California sunshine would produce exceptional wines, hardly matched anywhere else in the world. From the very beginning, the Sha... Read more
In 1992, the Shahabi Brothers began producing wines in the small town of St. Helena, situated in the heart of Napa Valley. The Shahabis selected Napa Valley with the strong belief that the rich and diverse terrain of Napa Valley combined with the ever beaming and warm California sunshine would produce exceptional wines, hardly matched anywhere else in the world. From the very beginning, the Shahabis made the gentle care of the grapes from vine to bottle priority one. This care and dedication has pushed the small family operated Stonehedge to the forefront of California winemaking and a recognized name for exceptional quality. Since its first release in the early 90’s, Stonehedge has quickly become synonymous with quality. Results speak for themselves. Since its debut, Stonehedge sales now span the globe, from the entire United States to Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa. Stonehedges mission is to produce wines that are worlds apart from wines produced by the large producers or corporate conglomerates. Stonehedge's philosophy is to produce elegantly handcrafted wines that are affordable by the majority of the population. In todays world, after all the consolidations and mergers, corporate giants who treat wine like liquor own some of the even so called small producers. At Stonehedge, we ritually believe that wine is a delicate and sensitive product that must be handled with utmost respect and attention to all details. Stonehedge is dedicated to producing exciting, delicious, multi-dimensional wines that are not only available to a few, but to everyone. Read less

Santa Lucia Highlands which is geographically located at the Northern tip of Monterey County, has the best microclimate and soil for growing Chardonnay. Cool nights, follwed by foggy mornings and then high temperatures during the day provides ideal growing conditions. This region, already has some of the best Chardonnay produced in California, is also the home to "Old Oak Ranch."This wine is the result of marriage of 2 lots, (50-50) one of which has completed Malolactic fermentation and one which has not. Malolactic fermentation brings the wholeness and buttery character, and the non malolactic brings bright fruit and structure.The result is a supreme balance that could keep the most snobbish wine drinker happy.88 points! - This rich yellow Chardonnay opens with a lemon like bouquet with notes of buttered popcorn and banana. On the palate, this wine is round, creamy, with apple, pineapple, and other citrusy influences. The finish is dry and a bit subtle. The wine is a very nice everyday offering. We felt the wine would pair nicely with manny foods and particularly well with sharp cheddar cheese and crackers. - Kens Wine GuideBronze - San Diego National Wine Competition 2008Bronze - Dallas Morning News Wine Competition 2008

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