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The Chardonnay Style Spectrum: Vintners and Marketers Discuss the Evolving Style of California's Greatest Grape

February 05, 2019

But American Chardonnay - and more specifically California Chardonnay - has garnered over-simplistic generalizations: "oaky," "butter-bomb," "hedonistic." But, as Unified panelist Greg Brewer, winemaker at Brewer-Clifton winery, pointed out during the discussion, the grape has a skeletal transparency; the variety's characteristic is quite quiet. The tasting revolved around Chardonnays that showcased the more hushed tones of the Chardonnay, those that expressed a sense of terroir and provided a more well-rounded perspective on what Chardonnay can be, given different winemaking methods.