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Waterstone Chardonnay Carneros
Waterstone Winery
United States - California - Carneros

The grapes for this wine were grown in the Carneros region, where soils are dense, shallow, of low to moderate fertility, and high in clay content. While the soils lead to low yields, the region's maritime climate allows a longer growing season; the end result is balanced color, flavor and acidity in the harvested grapes. This Chardonnay is produced from grapes grown in the Truchard Vineyard in northeastern Carneros; this vineyard is under long-term contracts, providing consistency from vintage to vintage.

Aromas of lemon zest, white pear, sweet pastry and hazelnut lead onto a palate that is creamy with bright, fresh flavors of Meyer lemon and a touch of minerality.

Specifications
Appellation
Carneros
Wine Type
White
Varietal(s)
100 % Chardonnay
Soil type
clay
Vinification
After whole-cluster pressing, 55% of the Chardonnay juice was barrel-fermented in French oak barrels and aged sur lie for 10 months. During this period, the barrels were frequently stirred to increase yeast contact and add richness and complexity. 20% of the blend underwent a secondary malo-lactic fermentation, further enhancing the creamy mouthfeel. The balance of juice was tank-fermented at cool temperatures in order to capture the bright, fresh fruit characters of this Carneros Chardonnay.
Production
992 (9-liter cases)

Reviews and News

2013 Waterstone Chardonnay Carneros - 91 PTS - WE

2013 Waterstone Chardonnay Carneros - 91 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 91 pts"This is a floral, zesty and vibrant white wine, given six months in French oak, half of it new. With a complex hit of briny salt and citrus, it flirts between layers of savory and sweet, finding just the right balance of structure and acidity. - Virginie Boone"

- Wine Enthusiast (April 1st 2016), 91 points

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Phillip Zorn and Brent Shortridge, both with extensive experience in wine industry, formed Waterstone Winery in 2000 to create “luxury wines at affordable prices”. Waterstone owns no land or winemaking ...
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