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2009 Chardonnay Carneros
Our famous Trinitas "Butterscotch Bomb" is a perfect marriage of high-quality fruit and American wood barrels: The toast on the barrels is prominent, giving a "crème Brule" character to the nose. Underneath the toast, you get the intense tropical fruit – pear, peach, lemon zest and citrus. The rich mid-palate, explodes with cinnamon toast, cream and butterscotch – which is a contribution to the length of time spent in the Oak Barrels. In its own way, it's as bold and expressive as a Cabernet. It's got so much presence it can easily pass as an aperitif or carefully matched with food just as rich – perhaps pounded veal cutlets, an Italian risotto, or plump-cooked chicken breasts in a cream sauce.
This wine is a blend of Carneros vineyards. It is cold barrel fermented at 46-48°F which helps capture and enhance the tropical fruit aromas and aged in 100% New American Oak for 9 months. Our distinctive Chardonnay completes 100% malo-lactic fermentation furthering its balance of ripeness, forward fruit and crisp acidity allowing the wine great aging potential.
Chardonnay from the Carneros region ranks among the finest in California. Due to its ideal location along the San Pablo Bay, the Carneros appellation is recognized for producing grapes of great intensity, balance and natural acidity. Cool, foggy mornings and moderately warm days provide the perfect growing conditions.