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Routestock Cellars 'Route 121' Chardonnay 2018
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Wine Enthusiast 90
This well-priced white is juicy in citrus and apple, with moderate oak and ample approachability. It will work at the table or in the glass as an apéritif, offering balanced acidity and well-integrated fruitiness. Virginie Boone, July 2020

RouteStock creates wines from classic grape varieties grown along well-known routes in the world’s most respected wine regions. Tried, trusted and true to their routes, these wines are handcrafted by our winemakers to be approachable and ... read more
This is a white wine
Item ID: #32805
Shelf at store:10d
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Screw Cap

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Wine Enthusiast 90
This well-priced white is juicy in citrus and apple, with moderate oak and ample approachability. It will work at the table or in the glass as an apéritif, offering balanced acidity and well-integrated fruitiness. Virginie Boone, July 2020

RouteStock creates wines from classic grape varieties grown along well-known routes in the world’s most respected wine regions. Tried, trusted and true to their routes, these wines are handcrafted by our winemakers to be approachable and a reliable favorite.

Route 121 meanders through Carneros (“ram” in Spanish), a region once known for its sheep populations. On a drive down Route 121 you will pass many of the vineyards that supplied perfectly ripe grapes for this Carneros Chardonnay. Carneros is well-known as a cool-climate region, perfect for growing Chardonnay. The morning fog and afternoon breezes off the chilly San Pablo Bay cool the region, while the Napa and Sonoma valleys to the north heat it up. This heat causes the air to draw inland over Carneros, drying the vines of the moist morning fog. As night falls, the fog rolls in, protecting the vines from potential morning sun.

In an effort to keep the wine showing the exotic freshness that it showed in tank and barrel, we stopped malo-lactic fermentation about 75% of the way through, thus retaining higher acidity, freshness and vitality.

The wine shows a beautiful light straw color with seductive aromas of lemon curd, lemon thyme and ginger. The wine fills the pallet beautifully with a brightness combined ever so nicely with richness that also shows the Carneros regions strengths to the best degree. This gives way to an unusually long finish. The exotic flavors of this well-balanced chardonnay are of Meyer lemon rind, jasmine tea and just a hint of freshly baked bread that come together to deliver a wine of richness and power, yet with an amazing freshness.

Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Barrel Aging: 8 months in 100% French oak with 12% being new
Cases Produced: 2,570 (12/750ml)
Alcohol: 13.8%
pH: 3.39
TA: 6.73 g/L

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Routestock CellarsRouteStock creates wines from classic grape varieties grown along well-known routes in the world's most respected wine regions. Tried, trusted and true to their routes, these wines are hand crafted by our winemakers to be approachable and a reliable favorite.

Route 29: Route 29 travels through the heart of Napa Valley -- a lovely home for Sauvignon Blanc. On a drive down Route 29 you will pass many of the vineyards that supplied grapes for this Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

Route 121: Route 121 meanders through Carneros ("ram" in Spanish), a region once known for its sheep populations. On a drive down Route 121 you will pass many of the vineyards that supplied perfectly ripe grapes for this Carneros Chardonnay.

Carneros is well-known as a cool-climate region, perfect for growing Chardonnay. The morning fog and afternoon breezes off the chilly San Pablo Bay cool the region, while the Napa and Sonoma valleys to the north heat it up. This heat causes the air to draw inland over Carneros, drying the vines of the moist morning fog. As night falls, the fog rolls in, protecting the vines from potential morning sun.

Route 99W: Established in 1930, Route 99W is part of the Pacific Coast Highway which travels north/south through some of Willamette Valley's most notable vineyards. On a drive down Route 99W, you will pass many of the vineyards that supplied perfectly ripe grapes for this Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.

Route 29: Route 29 travels through the heart of Napa Valley, which is arguably a perfect home for Cabernet Sauvignon. On a drive down Route 29, you will pass many of the vineyards that supplied perfectly ripe grapes for this Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

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