Claire Hill, "Lolonis Vineyard", Chardonnay
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Claire Hill, "Lolonis Vineyard", Chardonnay - 2021

Item # 49712 750mL

Chardonnay from the second oldest parcel in California, planted in 1946-7, these vines are dry-farmed. Whole cluster pressed, malolactic fermentation was allowed, and the wine aged for 15 months on the fine lees. Fresh, with pure fruit, sweet spice, and a hint of dairy, this dry white will pair well with chicken and sour trahana.

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Certified Organic

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard. Certified in the country of origin.

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Sometimes when I start to think I’m old (I am) I think about 1946. A heavy year for mankind, sure, yet one that gave us Brian Cox, David Gilmour, Cher, Dolly Parton, and the vines that produced this absolute stunner of a Chardonnay. All have been doing their thing exceptionally well and this wine lets us know immediately. This OG Chard block is dry farmed by Claire Hill, whose resume includes work with Mount Eden Vineyards and Eric Texier in the Rhône before starting her own project: producing exceptionally small yields of beautiful quality from these vines that have seen it all. Fifteen months on the lees in stainless steel and used oak and we have a wine that simply sings with just the right amount of weight to carry its purity of fruit and invigorating acidity. Pair with artichoke and fontina toasted baguette.

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California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.


From Champagne to Chablis, it's hard (not to mention unpleasant) to avoid this famous white variety. During a huge popularity surge beginning in the late 1980s, Chardonnay plantings have increased dramatically -- not only in California's wine country, with which the variety is nearly synonymous, but also in Burgundy (its original, Old World home) and just about everywhere else in the winemaking world. It is a flexible, eager-to-please grape, responding well to just about anything a winemaker...

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