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"The aromas and flavors of this cool climate chardonnay are all bright and crisp, giving a real sense of the landscape in Mendocino. The nose is quiet at first, with apple and pear aromas and a whiff of oak. Keen acidity and flavors of green apple and quince come through this refreshing and satisfying wine. Take it on a fall picnic in the Mendocino Highlands." -- Wine & Spirits Buying Guide  


"Appealing sweet apple fruit scents are enriched by oak and suggestions of leesy complexing notes. Slightly rounded and fruity on entry, the wine is well-balanced while edging toward tartness and has flavors combining green apples, citrus and oak. A cleanly preserved and enjoyable Chardonnay, this one will serve well with baked halibut or simple chicken dishes." -- Connoisseurs' Guide                


"A fine, complex, elegant wine, which is supple, delicate in flavor (vanilla, toast, butterscotch, honey), and medium long on the finish." -- Restaurant Wine Magazine


"An openly fruity style, floral and spicy, with ripe apple, melon, fig and citrus flavors that are well focused. Drink now." --Wine Spectator                


1997 Chardonnay

Grapes from DuPratt Vineyard

0.68 T.A., 3.69 pH

14.1% alcohol

Bottled July 1, 1997

Released November 15, 1997

833 cases produced




Silver, Orange County Fair

Bronze, West Coast Wine Competition