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Chardonnay, 2012. Round Hill
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Chardonnay, 2012. Round Hill

Vintage: 2012
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard/Appellation: California
Color: Bright gold
Nose: Green apple and spice
Palate: Apple and pear with a hint of spice
Finish: Meyer lemon, apple and vanilla
Rating: 94
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now through 2015/ 13% Alcohol
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Round Hill offers California's most popular varietals sourced from premium Monterey Coast and Central Valley vineyards. Fruit forward flavor and consistent quality are the hallmarks of these wines. They are crafted to be approachable in style and price for the casual enthusiast yet meet the demanding standards of the most experienced palate. This could not be more evident than the fact that for many years, Round Hill has been one of the top 100 wines in restaurants around the country.

Round Hill is a brand owned by Rutherford Wine Company. Rutherford Wine Company is family-owned and managed with a portfolio of wines representing the rich diversity of California's outstanding appellations. Today, the portfolio includes Rutherford Ranch Winery, Round Hill, Scott Family Estate, Lander-Jenkins Vineyards, Predator, Rhiannon and Silver Buckle.

The company is based at Rutherford Ranch Winery, in Napa Valley's Rutherford District, one of the region's most renowned sub-appellations. The winery and estate vineyards are certifiably sustainable by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. The critically acclaimed wines have been characterized as one of Napa's great values by noted wine writer Robert Parker. No small fete here as Parker tastes literally thousands of wine a year and his publication is considered the most influential wine newsletter in the world.

Winemaker, Steve Rued was born in Healdsburg, California and raised on his family's vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley. He graduated with a degree in fermentation science from U.C. Davis. After a year at Kenwood Vineyards, Steve ventured to South Africa to work for Stellenbosch Farmer's Winery. In 2000, he returned to Kenwood Vineyards as the Winemaker and joined Rutherford Wine Company in 2005 as Senior Winemaker. Steve's winemaking philosophy reflects a lifelong love and appreciation for winegrowing.

Round Hill is sustainably grown using the most eco-friendly viticultural practices. The 2012 vintage was nearly ideal. The moderate temperatures throughout the growing season gave the grapes intense, wonderful concentration and a good balance and acidity. The wine exhibits a bright gold color with aromas of Meyer lemon, pear and apple with vanilla and cinnamon. The texture is rich and round with a crisp finish. This wine pairs beautifully with herb-baked chicken, grilled or poached salmon, mac & cheese or a Caesar salad.

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