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Saintsbury Chardonnay Unfiltered 750ml 2011
Sku: 2936
The flavors are classic citrus and pear, concentrated and focused nicely on the mid-palate. It is full-flavored and finishes crisply. Enjoy with seafood, chicken and pork and cheeses.
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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Carneros
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Type: Still wine
Reg. $22.99
On Sale $19.99
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The flavors are classic citrus and pear, concentrated and focused nicely on the mid-palate. It is full-flavored and finishes crisply. Enjoy with seafood, chicken and pork and cheeses.
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At Saintsbury, the Chardonnay is fermented in French oak barrels and aged sur lie for about eight months. Thirty percent of these barrels are new; the balance has been used once and twice before. During the aging process, the barrels are stirred (batonnage) to increase yeast contact for added richness. The wine also completes malolactic fermentation in the barrel, which can add roundness to the mouthfeel and complexity to the aroma.

Saintsbury has asked the question "to filter or not to filter” Chardonnay since the 1992 vintage. Following the success of a small "unfiltered” bottling of the 1993 vintage, we have chosen to bottle each subsequent vintage without filtration. The wines show much more vibrant fruit character and rich mouthfeel, particularly in the first year of release, than their filtered predecessors.