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2009 Joseph Carr Chardonnay "Dijon Clone"

Joseph Carr 2009 Dijon Clone Chardonnay

Winery: Joseph Carr

Vintage: 2009

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Dijon Clone"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Sonoma Coast

State or country: CA

Price: $18

Cases produced: 1,200

KWG Score: 92.5 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: February 20, 2012

Wine Review: This yellow colored Chardonnay opens with a mild apple and vanilla oak bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, rich, and creamy. The flavor profile is a tasty butterscotch and pear blend with notes of integrated oak and a hint of apple. The finish is dry, pleasant, and friendly. It would be a very good match with pasta carbonnara. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: In 2009 I chose to take a different direction with our Chardonnay production, choosing estate vineyards as a grape source and migrating to a traditional full blown French style. We used 100% French barrel selections and separated lots by their individual Dijon clones. The wine was barrel fermented and aged sur lie (on the yeast) with full malolactic fermentation. The result is a Chardonnay that has bright aromas of apple, pear, vanilla, and butter. The fresh citrus and tropical fruit flavors blend smoothly with the creamy butter, vanilla, and toasty flavors of barrel fermentation. The aging on the lees in new French oak for 8 months imparts the oaky smoke vanilla flavors.

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