North Coast Chardonnay
Winemaker: Gary Sitton
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: North Coast
Acid/pH: 5.9g/L / 3.20
Residual Sugar: 3.8g/L
Aging: 30% French, 2% American
Suggested Retail: $14
Clos du Bois Classic
Clos du Bois Classics wines are consumer favorites that reflect the winery’s accessible and refined winemaking style. Working with a family of trusted growers and more than 500 acres of estate vineyards in the heart of Sonoma County, we craft each vintage to achieve balance, intensity, and true varietal character. Lush fruit flavors and a juicy, supple palate are the hallmarks of the Clos du Bois style.
Fruit for this classic Chardonnay is sourced from our own estate vineyards and those of more than 100 contract growers throughout California’s North Coast appellation. Comprising six counties north of San Francisco (Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Marin, and Solano), the expansive North Coast is home to some of the finest vineyards in California.
Fruit was harvested cool and gently pressed at the winery in order to preserve Chardonnay’s pure fruit flavors. After settling, the must was partially barrel fermented (65%) in a combination of French and American oak, with the remaining juice undergoing fermentation in stainless steel. Malolactic fermentation was then induced to soften the wine’s acidity and impart a smooth mouthfeel. To encourage maximum flavor development, the wine was aged in barrel sur lie for six months, with the lees stirred monthly prior to bottling.
This wine has a brilliant silver straw yellow hue. Intense aromas of apple blossom, ripe pear, and sweet lemon drop are complimented by toasty oak, spice and cream. The silky texture of the wine is overlaid with bright and juicy flavors of rich ripe apple and pear finishing in a long fresh aftertaste.
This crisp, refreshing Chardonnay will complement the likes of fish prepared in lemon butter, pasta in cream sauce, and chicken dishes.
[Information is not vintage specific]
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