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Rodney Strong Chardonnay Chalk Hill
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Rodney Strong Chardonnay Chalk Hill 2016

Chalk Hill, Russian River, Sonoma County, California, United StatesThe estate high-end chardonnay program is permeating the breadth of Rodney Strong chardonnays, leading with less obvious oak and fruit, replaced by more texture and complexity. The light, volcanic, white ash soil of the Chalk Hill appellation is at the centre of this story. The style is fresh with bright, juicy, mineral, pear, apple, and Meyer lemon with creamy, mineral, nutty, wet stone undertones. Crab, halibut, mahi mahi, roasted chicken and brie all work here. The 2017 the Chalk Hill Chardonnay is 97 percent barrel fermented in new and seasoned French oak for twelve months with regular lees stirring, and it was bottled at a very pleasant 13.5 percent alcohol. It’s been nearly 55 years since founder Rodney Strong planted Chardonnay in what would later become the Chalk Hill American Viticultural Area (AVA), established officially in 1983.Tasted: 26 January 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: ON 26.95 LCBO BC 27.99 BCLS QC 26.00 SAQ SK 29.99 SaskLiquor AB 27.99 private wine stores US 22.00 srp Producer: Rodney Strong Estate VineyardsDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Varietal: ChardonnayCSPC: 275552UPC: 087512923256