2006 Maldonado - Chardonnay Los Olivos Vineyard 750ml

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Collector Data For This Wine

68 bottles owned by 21 collectors.

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About This Producer


Lupe Maldonado had been the longtime Vineyard Manager for Peter Newton on Spring Mountain during the time John Kongsgaard was winemaker there. After Maldonado retired, Kongsgaard moved to Luna, where he eventually trained his successor, Abe Schoener, who was then recommended to the Maldonados as their winemaker. The relationship blossomed and the small estate is now producing Pinot Noir as well.

Wine Varietal: Chardonnay


Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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