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2006 Mendocino County Chardonnay – $24

2006 Mendocino County Chardonnay

A crisp, clean Chardonnay with flavors of apple, pear and notes of citrus.

Vineyard Location: North of Boonville, Mendocino
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Harvest Date: September 23, 2006
Brix at Harvest: 23.3 degrees
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual Sugar: .5%
Cooperage: 76% Stainless Steel & 24% Sansaud French Oak
Aging: 7 months French Oak
Quantity Produced: 100 cases



SILVER MEDAL — 2009 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast, February 2009

Winemaker's Comments

A crisp, fruity Chardonnay stocked with full-bodied flavors like apple and pear with notes of citrus is hard to stay away from. Take a walk down the rocky beaches and enjoy the sunset while the fog rolls in. The relatively undiscovered coastline of Mendocino County became a wine-growing region later than Sonoma or Napa but has still proved to be a well-matched competitor to be proud of, like our Chardonnay. Uncork a bottle with grilled scallops atop fresh angel hair pasta while listening to the waves on your back porch…and if you aren’t on the coast, close your eyes and pretend while savoring the taste of Mendocino County.


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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