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2006 SAINTSBURY Chardonnay 'Brown Ranch' Carneros


Size: 750ML

9 Bottles in Stock, this is the last of this vintage & FREE Shipping if you buy all 9 !

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Winery Notes: Our “Brown Ranch” vineyard in northeast Carneros is the culmination of the knowledge we’ve gathered about Carneros grapegrowing since we set out to showcase this region in 1981. When we were laying out this vineyard in 1992 with primarily Pinot Noir in mind we realized that there was a portion of the land that seemed very suited to Chardonnay cultivation. We planted eight acres.

Our expectations were met and the grapes from these eight acres were blended into our Reserve Chardonnay for many years. That changed in 2002 when we decided to retire the Reserve Chardonnay, but what to do with the Brown Ranch grapes?

There really was never a question. The character of our Brown Ranch Chardonnay grapes, their crisp natural acidity, the burgundy-like minerality and their expressive apple, pear and citrus flavors demanded we create a partner to our Brown Ranch Pinot Noir. As with the Pinot Noir only a small amount of the best chardonnay goes in the Brown Ranch bottling with the remainder finding its way into the Carneros Chardonnay with predictably positive results. In addition, after nine months in French oak barrels we rack the wine to stainless steel tank along with the fine lees. The blend marries in this anaerobic environment for six additional months further enhancing the terroir-driven minerality of the Brown Ranch Chardonnay site.

  • Model: 1HC9
  • Size: 750ML



"The most complex nose in the range with a sublime mix of dark red cherry, violets, blueberry and anise that merges gracefully into fresh, round and generous medium bodied flavors that are delicious and also notably complex but lack the same fine detail of the Cerise, all wrapped in a sappy and mouth-coating finish where a noticeable if discreet touch of warmth is felt. This is certainly pretty but not quite as well balanced as its Anderson Valley sibling."


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