About This Wine
In California, Chardonnay is made in a style found nowhere else in the world.
Ready for a quick trip around the wine world? Let’s start in France, where Chardonnay is used to make the world’s most expensive dry white wine (in Burgundy)... bone-dry and austere wine (in Chablis)... and sparkling wine (in Champagne).
Now let’s head over to Australia, where Chardonnay is made in a very fruit-forward style, and often is blended with Semillon to make a wine labeled “Sem-Chard.” And now let’s return to the United States where, in California, most vintners prefer to craft Chardonnay in a rich, palate-coating, sensuous style.
Why are California renditions so different from those made in other parts of the world? Because California vintners discovered long ago that adding a layer of richness — typically experienced in the form of butter or vanilla-like flavors — makes for a truly exquisite wine. Yes, a wine like the 2010 Bridge Trail Chardonnay.
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:Chardonnay and Other White Varieties
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Apple, Pineapple, Pear, Vanilla, Butter and Papaya
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels and Stainless Steel Tanks
- When to Drink:Now Through 2013
- Food Pairing Suggestionturkey panini, or chicken and dumplings.
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