Raen Charles Ranch Chardonnay 2016

California
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£70.95 per bottle
Only 1 in stock

This is the first Chardonnay released by the talented brothers Carlo and Dante Mondavi. Only 200 cases were made.

The Fort Ross-Seaview Chardonnay bottling is from the rugged 35-year-old Charles Ranch hillside vineyard, with some of the older pre-phylloxera plantings of chardonnay in California. Between 1,100 and 1,200 feet of elevation, the vineyard sits on well-drained, rocky clay soils. These old Sonoma Coast vines yield naturally shy crops that offer incredible depth, density, concentration, and finesse. Notes of stone fruits, lime blossom, white flowers, wet gravel and rock minerality are delicately laced throughout this wine. Fine, yet focused, acidity balances the rich mid-palate, giving way to a long-lasting finish.

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Producer

Personal project of brothers Carlo and Dante Mondavi of Napa Valley, RAEN Winery specialises in Sonoma Coast single vineyard Pinot Noir. RAEN stands for Research in Agriculture and Enology Naturally, referencing the brothers’ keen appreciation for natural winemaking. Inspired by their family's four generations of winegrowing, Carlo and Dante’s goal is to create world-class Pinot Noir from the cool, coastal vineyards of Sonoma County.

"Brothers Carlo and Dante Mondavi follow their brilliant 2014s with the equally captivating 2015s. In tasting, the RAEN Pinots convey the essence of site with tremendous depth and intensity, but no excess weight. Perhaps even more importantly, these are wines of real personality and breed. Don't miss them." - Antonio Galloni

Their short documentary film is a joy and a lovely way to spend a 10 minutes.

Read - 'Dining with the Mondavi's'

Region

California is the largest and most important wine region in the US – in fact, if California were a separate country it would be the world’s fourth largest wine producer! California stretches along the west coast of the USA meaning that soils and climates vary enormously depending on the area’s altitude, latitude and proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Generally the cooler regions closer to the coast are most suited to the growing of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, whilst further inland (where the climate is much hotter) some of California’s most famous Cabernet Sauvignon wines are grown. The famous Ridge Estate is located here and produces some of the best and most sought after wines in California. If you enjoy Chardonnay, we highly recommend you take a look at Liquid Farm Winery, whose Chardonnay’s (we believe!) rival those of Burgundy.

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