" Fetzer Quartz Chardonnay reveals flowery aromas with a touch of apple and juicy flavors of nectarine, tropical fruits and a hint of vanilla. He could enthuse about all the foods perfectly complemented by Fetzer Quartz Chardonnay, but Dennis thinks you should let it stand on its own first. This is a wine to be enjoyed with people. Fetzer Quartz Chardonnay is crafted using grapes from many notable
California appellations - predominantly Monterey, Mendocino, Russian River Valley and Lake County. This beautiful wine undergoes a more intense oak regimen for a higher profile of toastiness and spice on the palate in addition to 20% malolactic fermentation for a delicate and buttery mouth feel that will be sure to have you wanting to pour another glass." ~ Winery Notes
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For Charlie Gilmore it's all about place--those ideal sites where good earth, favorable climate and savvy growers come together to create a wine he can call Fetzer.As Winemaker, Charlie was given a comfortable chair and a new computer, but he quickly rebelled against office life. You'll find him in the vineyards every chance he gets, including 4 a.m. mornings and long harvest nights.
"I never wanted to be in the service industry, never wanted to be a lawyer or anything like that," he says. "I always wanted to do something tactile. To make something you could hold in your hand and appreciate."
A Sacramento native, Charlie earned his Viticulture and Enology degree at UC Davis in 2000. Internships took him to Napa, Australia and the south of France before he began his distinguished career at some of the most respected wineries in Northern California.
His winemaking philosophy is to "always exceed expectations" and it has borne fruit at Fetzer, where our wines have won more than 200 awards in recent years. Fetzer's commitment to earth-friendly practices already comes naturally to Charlie. "The sustainable message was something I knew and admired before I took the job. It makes me even more proud to work here."