Chardonnay 2010

Barrel fermented & aged for six months in American oak, creates a lush oak texture with creamy vanilla tones.

Wine

Chambourcin

Chardonnay is America’s most popular wine, red or white, and also the world’s most widely planted white wine grape. There is no tangible way to determine what natural fruit flavors or aromas will develop in a Chardonnay. Chardonnay can be classified into four taste and aroma categories. There are three fruit flavor and aroma categories. The most prevalent of these is the tree fruits consisting of apple, pear and even orange. Citrus fruit is not quite as common in Chardonnay but there are the exceptions. Lemon, grapefruit and orange seem to dominate the citrus category. The last flavor and aroma category is the marvelous tropical fruit including pineapple, melon and banana.

Grapes

The Chardonnay grape itself is very neutral, with many of the flavors commonly associated with the grape being derived from such influences as terroir and oak. Most believe the flavors are present because of the soil and climate in which the vine grows.