About This Wine
French Colombard once was California’s most widely planted winegrape.
But as American palates changed beginning in the 1970s, it became less and less common to encounter bottlings of the variety. Chardonnay was taking over, and for the next 30 years, there has been no turning back. But what many winemakers won’t tell you is that they’ve been including French Colombard in some of their Chardonnay blends for decades.
Is it possible, here in 2009 (as this story was written), that the pendulum could one day turn back in French Colombard’s favor? We ask the question because a varietal bottling of French Colombard received the “Best of Show” award at the 2007 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition — beating out an array of Mendocino Riesling and Gewurztraminer (not to mention Chardonnay) bottlings for the honor.
You’ll find a significant splash of French Colombard in Braxton Hall’s 2008 Chardonnay, a delightful wine that marries the best qualities of the two varieties with absolutely delicious results.
Relatively easy to grow in a variety of locations. Consistently produces some of the world's great white wines. Complex, full, rich and fruity with soft edges and moderate acidity. Offers rich and intense fruit flavors of apple, fig, melon, pear, peach, pineapple, along with creamy yeast spice, honey, butter and hazelnut flavors.
- Grape Composition:76% Chardonnay, 21% French Colombard & 3% Other Varieties
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Pear, Baked Apple Tart, Melon, Lemongrass & a Hint of Vanilla
- When to Drink:Now Through 2011
- Food Pairing Suggestionboneless chicken strips, or garlic-Parmesan wings.
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