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The Donati 2006 Chardonnay was produced from a hillside vineyard in Paicines, California, just east of Monterey County. Achieving optimal fruit ripeness is essential with Central Coast Chardonnays, so Donati chose a specific vineyard on steeply sloped, southern exposed hills, allowing maximum sunlight to reach the slowly ripening grapes. This hillside vineyard’s small berries provided a good concentration of flavors and acidity, both essential elements in styling Chardonnay. To give their 2006 Chardonnay a distinctive personality, Donati opted to age 80% of the lot in toasted French Oak barrels, giving the wine tremendous body and texture while imparting delicate levels of oak. The remaining 20% was fermented in stainless steel tanks, allowing the naturally vibrant fruit flavors to develop. The two separate lots were blended prior to bottling, giving the finished Chardonnay a wonderfully expressive character. Laced with just enough oak, the luscious fruit in Donati’s Chardonnay presents notes of pineapple and lemon custard perfectly balanced with delicious toasted oak notes. Donati says “the 2006 Chardonnay is our finest version of this elegant wine to date!” Try pairing the Donati 2006 Chardonnay with herb-roasted chicken, grilled wild salmon or Dungeness crab cakes. [+]