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Rodney Strong Chardonnay Chalk Hill
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Rodney Strong Chardonnay Chalk Hill 2017

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 overt 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, pear, apple, and Meyer lemon f with mineral, nutty, wet stone undertones that complex the character further. You can serve this with an array of seafood, roasted chicken, and creamy cheeses. 2017 Chalk Hill Chardonnay is barrel fermented in new (41 percent) oak and seasoned French oak for 18 months with regular lees stirring. It’s been 55 years since founder Rodney Strong planted chardonnay in 1965 in what would ultimately become the Chalk Hill AVA, established officially in 1983.Tasted: 19 January 2020Tasted 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
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 275552UPC: 087512923256