The grapes for St. Francis Sonoma County Buttery Chardonnay come from the warmer vineyards in Sonoma County, giving this wine tropical aromas. This Chardonnay has lower acidity with more new oak elements for added creaminess.

Tasting Note

Rich and creamy on the palate, displaying intense aromatics of preserved lemon, baked apples, baking spices and vanilla

Food Pairing

Pairs well with poultry or rich seafood dishes, like lobster. Also great as a complement to cheese or paired with creamy, buttery sauces.

Unique Selling Points
  • 100% Sonoma County fruit, selected from warmer climates
  • Screwcap closure to promote ease of use by on-premise staff and consumers
  • More extensive malolactic fermentation – approximately 75%-85%

Vineyard Details

Sonoma County
Sonoma County extends over 60,000 acres of vineyards and includes 15 unique AVAs, including Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Bennett Valley, Carneros, Chalk Hill, Dry Creek Valley, Green Valley, Knights Valley, Rockpile and Russian River Valley. More than 50 grape varieties are planted in vineyards owned by over 750 growers and 260 wineries. Maritime-influenced conditions make this area notably cooler than Napa, further inland, and a multitude of beneficial soil types make Sonoma County a prime area for high quality wine growing.

About the Grape

Though it has a distinctive profile, Chardonnay reflects other factors such as soil composition and vinification technique. Chardonnay is a reliable, hardy and prolific vine whose only real vulnerabilities are frost and uneven development of fruit.
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