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97 Pinot Noir LaColline2002 Nichols Chardonnay, Paragon Vineyard

96 Reserve Chardonnay Talley, Paragon, Cottonwood Canyon and Bie
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96 Reserve Chardonnay Talley, Paragon, Cottonwood Canyon and Bie

Price per Unit (piece): $80.00

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Wine Spectator score of 92

The Reserve Chardonnay Central Coast Blend is well focused, with a core of citrus, pear, lemon and spice flavors that?s intense and concentrated. The core unfolds to reveal good depth and nuances of mineral which are integrated with caramel, vanilla, smoke, and toast. It is complex, and finishes with a long mineral, toasty oak aftertaste.

Fermentation consisted of initial French Oak Barrel fermentation and a secondary 100% Malo-Lactic fermentation in which the harsher Malic Acid is converted to the softer Lactic Acid.

Barrel Age
The wine was aged in 100% French Oak from the Allier, Never and Troncais Forest for twelve (12) months. The wine was further aged for an additional 12 months in the bottle. Aging in the bottle allows the wine to rest and round out its natural fruit flavor and aromatic attributes.

Nichols Winery & Cellars TM
Nichols Winery is a small winery established in 1991 to produce ultra premium wines with limited production of each Varietal, around 1,200 cases. The winery produces Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc, Merlot and Zinfandel. It is located in the Edna Valley, San Luis Obispo, CA

Central Coast Wine Region; Santa Barbara County
Between the foothills of the Sierra Madre on the north and the Santa Ynez Mountains on the south lies the only transverse coastal valley in California. Two rivers, the Santa Ynez and the Santa Maria, split the valley floor into separate east-west fingers. The valley is wide open to Pacific winds and fog. This climate, and an unusual combination of soils, make it potentially the equal of any winemaking region in the world.

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