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Virginia Dare Chardonnay 2016

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HISTORY

Located in Sonoma County’s Geyserville, Virginia Dare Winery celebrates the myths, people, places and history that shaped American winemaking. The story of the Virginia Dare Winery began with North Carolina’s first commercial winery, Medoc Vineyard, which opened in 1835. Two businessmen, known as the Garrett brothers, purchased the property in 1865 calling it Garrett & Company. They began producing the Virginia Dare label, which quickly became one of the nation’s top selling wines. The Family Coppola has revived the vintage charm of the original line, building exquisite new wines worthy of carrying forward Virginia Dare’s legacy. We use varietals known to thrive in California soils, combined with contemporary winemaking techniques and the classic American spirit that Virginia Dare represents.

The Virginia Dare Showcase Wines are inspired by Virginia Dare herself. Born in 1587 to English parents in the Lost Colony of Roanoke, Virginia’s story is linked to the myth of the White Doe and the origins of wine in America.

WINEMAKER NOTES

The Russian River Valley offers the perfect climate for growing Chardonnay. Fog rolls in nightly from the nearby Pacific Ocean and cools the temperature down as much as 35-40 degrees each evening. This temperature differential allows the grapes to ripen slowly and retain their natural acidity for better balance. Each vineyard lot contributes traits that reflect its exact place of origin, with fruit from the warmer reaches of the valley lending tropical tones, and grapes in cooler regions offering citrus notes, structure, and vibrancy. When blended together, we’re able to create a Chardonnay that is balanced and complex.

TASTING NOTES

Barrel fermented and aged with a careful selection of wood, our 2016 Chardonnay offers a gorgeous nose of green apples, creamy lemon, toasted oak, and brioche. Slightly leaner than last year’s rendition, the palate is creamy with sweet flavors of pineapple and nectarine up front, which are made more intriguing by mineral notes and a hint of honeycomb that emerges on the finish.

WINEMAKING ANALYSIS

Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

Blend: 100% Chardonnay

Barrel Regimen: 12 months in French oak

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