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2006 Mendocino County Chardonnay RESERVE – SOLD OUT

2006 Mendocino County Chardonnay Reserve

Grapefruit and lemon with pear and peaches topped off with a little oak.

Vineyard Location: North of Boonville, Mendocino
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Harvest Date: September 23, 2006
Brix at Harvest: 22.5 degrees
Alcohol: 13.5%
Cooperage: 70% Stainless Steel & 30% Sansauld French Oak (40% new oak)
Aging: 11 months French Oak
Approx. Quantity Produced: 25 cases


Winemaker's Comments

One hundred miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge lies the Mendocino County appellation. Slower to develop a respectable reputation as a wine-producing region, this area is now internationally recognized. Typical of the region, our 2006 Chardonnay Reserve is crisp, full-bodied and offers generous fruit. The long, cool growing season produces wonderful acidity, while delicate flavors of apple, pear, and just a touch of citrus linger on the palate.


Chardonnay is by far the most widely planted grape crop in California, comprising over 40% of all white varieties crushed in the state in 2000. Chardonnay dominates not only California’s cooler, coastal, quality wine regions, but also its hot, dry, bulk-producing areas.

The natural varietal ‘taste and smell’ of Chardonnay is surprisingly unfamiliar to many wine drinkers, as its true character is often guised with dominating winemaking signatures. Chardonnay’s rather subdued primary fruit characteristics lean toward the crisp fruitiness of apples, pears, and lemon, but the variety’s full body is capable of supporting a host of complementary characteristics, such as oak, butter, and vanilla.

Regardless of what is the appropriate style for Chardonnay, the varietal continues to dominate vineyard plantings in every corner of the world. Close attention to clonal selection has made this broad geographic and climactic range of Chardonnay viable in thoughtful viticultural hands.

Preferred Pricing

1 - 2 cases: 10% off, 3 - 5 cases: 15% off, 6 + cases: 20% off (does not apply to Library & Reserve wines).
Mixed cases allowed. Wine club members are given an additional 5% off on all purchases.

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