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1996 Alderbrook Chardonnay Dry Creek Valley (750ml)
Producer: Alderbrook Vineyards & Winery alderbrook.com
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley - California - United States (AVA)
Type: white
Varietal: Chardonnay
Maturity: Mature
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: n/a
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rated (2002 vintage, 750ml bottle) : December 12, 2006 , K&L Wine Merchants klwines.com
"This 100% Chardonnay comes from their Estate Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. Just to the north of the Russian River, the Dry Creek Valley’s balanced climate of hot afternoons and cool evenings allows fruit to mature slowly and evenly for concentrated flavor character. Barrel fermentation and lees stirring lend density to the mouthfeel, while malolactic fermentation lends creaminess and butter notes leading to a long, fruity finish. Citrus and pineapple aromas lead to a palate with flavors of lemon, ripe apple and a touch of nutmeg, all framed by toasty oak. The wine was aged for nine months in French oak, but only 25% of the barrels were new. This gives the wine added richness without an abundance of new oak flavors. This would be a good choice with roast chicken or pork. Drink now and over the next one or two years." Best 2006-