About This Wine
Chardonnay hasn’t always been the “darling” of white wines in California.
But it appears destined to retain that status for a long time. Historical references note California plantings of Chardonnay dating to the late 1800s, but production was limited because of the grape’s low yields. Most Chardonnay vineyards were uprooted during Prohibition, when growers replaced them with thick-skinned varieties that could be shipped cross-country and sold to home winemakers.
Small plantings in the Livermore Valley and Santa Cruz Mountains survived Prohibition. But it wasn’t until the 1970s and thereafter that Chardonnay plantings boomed as the wine gained popularity.
And thanks to wines such as the 2011 Old Train Depot Chardonnay, that popularity figures to continue to sizzle. The wine has an engaging aroma, is fresh and fruitful on the palate, and finishes with a refreshing note that begs for another sip. It could be destined to be the darling of your dinner table.
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, Pear, Tropical Fruit, Baking Spice and Cream
- Aging Vessels:Previously Filled Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2015
- Food Pairing Suggestionfried chicken, or veal cutlets.
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