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Sweet Chardonnay


Unfortunately, due to legal restrictions on shipments of wine and other alcoholic beverages, we are currently only shipping wine to states that are reciprocal with California. Those states include: AK, AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, KS, LA, ME, MI, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OH, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, WA, WI, WV and WY.

For the 2019 harvest, we decided to bring back a Sweet Chardonnay at Thornton Winery.  From fruit sourced entirely within the Temecula Valley Appellation, we are fortunate enough to get Chardonnay from the Chateau d’Huis, 12 Oaks and Huang vineyards.   Fermented in stainless steel to retain the lovely Chardonnay fruit characters, we stopped fermentation with 3% natural sugar.

Aroma: Subtle apple and ripe pear, with a hint of pineapple and melon.

Palate: Obvious but not cloyingly sweet, with typical warm region Chardonnay flavors of tropical fruits and ripe yellow apples.  It has a slight spiciness on the finish.

Pairing: With the varied fruits and sweetness, this wine will pair wonderfully with fruit desserts that are not excessively sweet.  Try apple or peach pie; Bananas Foster anyone?

Technical Information:
Alcohol: 11.2%
pH: 3.50
Titratable Acidity: 6.0 g/L
Residual Sugar: 3.1%