Duende is a Spanish term for which there is no literal translation. Generally speaking, it means a mischievous spirit, which is an apt description for our Duende Chardonnay. The fruit comes to us from both the Chatom and Rorick vineyards in Calaveras County. Oak barrels deliver subtle, sometimes spicy flavors with a more silky texture.
Light gold in color, the nose exhibits toasted vanilla with a hint of pineapple, leading to balanced flavors including pear, blanched almonds and honeysuckle.
Blend of fruit from two classic Calaveras vineyards: Shaw Ranch's Dijon clone brings clean lofty acidity while Chatom's grapes contribuite lush tropical flavors.
The wine is barrel fermented in 1 year, 2 year and 3 year French Oak barrels to impart more subtle flavors and a silky texture on the finish.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this wine with mild, subtle foods that are not too spicy, not too pungent and not too acidic. Try any type of shellfish, simply seasoned chicken or pork dishes, or a creamy sauce-based dish like Fettuccine Alfredo.