Chardonnay grapes are planted all over the world and are remarkably versatile. They come in a wide range of styles and flavors vary depending on where the grapes are grown and how the wines are made.
Wines made in cooler climates preserve more acidity in the wine and feature aromas of green apples and sometimes fresh pears. Examples from warmer climates feature lower acidity and more tropical fruit flavors like pineapple and mango along with golden delicious apples.
Chardonnays can either be aged in oak barrel or in neutral stainless steel containers before bottling. Aging in oak adds aromas of vanilla, toast, and baking spices to the wine along with adding additional body to the wine. This is typically done to wines with rich, ripe, buttery flavors. Wines that are leaner and with higher acidity are often aged in stainless steel to preserve the freshness of the fruit flavors.
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