Harthill Farms Chardonnay
Classic apples and lemon with a hint of honeysuckle on the nose. Light-bodied with clean, crisp citrus and melon fruit flavors on the palate and a nice touch of vanilla on the finish.
$7.00 / Bottle $84.00 / Case
It’s not for nothing that California Chardonnay has become the highest selling varietal wine in the world. The variety is California's most widely planted wine grape, with 94,000 acres reported in 2007.
Luscious Chardonnay grapes freshly harvested and waiting to be crushed, pressed and made into wine! No over-oaking will destroy the grape’s natural flavors and aromas though!
Despite an occasional slandering in the press by a wine snob looking to attract attention from time to time, Chardonnay remains the most popular wine in the U.S. with sales increasing year after year.
In 2007 California Chardonnay sales reached 46.5 million cases, California Cabernet Sauvignon came in a distant second place with 26.7 million cases and long behind Chardonnay California Sauvignon Blanc made a second-place showing in the white wine category with a mere 6.9 million cases.
A success story like that in times like these can only mean that the wine is genuinely loved by a lot of people and is able to provide consistent pleasure to the consumer time after time.
Chardonnay was first planted in California in the late 1800’s but it didn’t really take off until the 1970’s. The backlash against Chardonnay that was felt in the 90’s has repercussions in today’s wines. Gone are the overoaked, flabby, dull wines that winemakers thought consumers wanted (hopefully never to come back unlike shoulder pads and leg warmers).
Thankfully, the winemakers at Harthill Farms have mastered the art of the light touch. With their high-tech winemaking equipment they control the temperature of the fermentation (keeping it cool), the yeast selections (favoring fruity flavors) and they minimize oak contact (to retain the varietal’s natural fruitiness and freshness).
Serve this wine well chilled as an aperitif, with hors d’oevres or with serious food at a sit-down dinner. It makes a lovely partner for seafood, poultry, salads and pastas!