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BEHIND THE VINES
Famed Chardonnay vine selection 4, which originated in Napa Valley, is distinguished from other Chardonnay selections by its incredible range of flavors—from apple, to citrus, to tropical fruit—which vary from location to location. Chardonnay selection 4 does especially well in our Monterey vineyard block 46. Hence, the designation ‘446’ on our label. Monterey is one of the coolest wine regions in California, so the Chardonnay grapes ripen very slowly, promoting vibrant flavors and rich texture
To enhance the tropical characteristics of 446 Chardonnay, the fruit is allowed to ripen a little longer on the vine. Once the grapes are showing the right balance of acidity and ripe fruit qualities, they are harvested and quickly transferred to the winery while the grapes are still cool. To preserve Chardonnay 446’s delicate acidity, we crush the grapes immediately after harvesting. After a gentle pressing of the fruit, the fermentation process takes place in both stainless steel tanks and a combination of American and French oak to add body and richness.
The 446 Chardonnay exhibits vibrant aromas of pineapple, yellow peach, vanilla and toasted oak. This medium-bodied wine is balanced, showcasing a creamy mid-palate and crisp acidity. Bright flavors of mango, kiwi and honeydew melon are supported by hints of lemon zest and cinnamon butter.
A great pair with soft cheeses, roast fowl, pastas or salads.
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