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Special Select Chardonnay by Cartlidge & Browne 2020

Special Select Chardonnay

by Cartlidge & Browne 2020

Producer : Cartlidge & Browne

Region : California (USA), Central Coast (USA)

Bottle Per Case : 12 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Rich Fish, Soft Cheese, Suckling Pig, White Meat

Tasting Notes

Cartlidge & Browne Chardonnay hails from Napa Valley's original Garagiste winery, Robert Parker sang C&B for its off-the-charts value offering, "“The question that begs to be answered is why so many producers ignore what Cartlidge and Browne does better than just about anybody else in the state - produce fruit forward, pure, varietally correct, delicious wines.” —Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

Sourced from family owned vineyards in Clarksburg and Lodi. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged on yeast lees for an additional 6 weeks to improve mouthfeel and complexity. Only partial malolactic fermentation was done to maintain natural acidity. Flavors of pear, melon and light citrus with aromatics of straw, lemon and oak tones of sweet caramel and hazelnut.


Bottles Per Case 12 Pack
Cellaring Drink Now or Cellar
Sweetness Descriptor XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Cartlidge & Browne
Region California (USA), Central Coast (USA)
Alcohol 13% alc./vol.
Style Smooth and silky whites
Vintage 2020
Farming Method Sustainable, Traditional
Grapes Chardonnay
Food Pairing Rich Fish, Soft Cheese, Suckling Pig, White Meat
Descriptors Floral, Fruity
Wine Type White
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $299.88

The Producer

Cartlidge & Browne

LEGENDS OFTEN BEGIN IN THE most ordinary surroundings. For Tony Cartlidge and Glen Browne, as with many great entrepreneurs and iconoclasts of the 20th century, the legend began in 1980 in an undistinguished Napa Valley garage. Cartlidge—a dreamer with a love of wine and a fondness for taking the road less traveled—and Browne—a man of great business sense and a small amount to invest—set out to build a wine company from scratch.

As far as they could tell, there was no need (or, more to the point, not enough money) to buy an estate. Only a desire to seek out the best vineyards, harvest the best grapes and make the best wine possible.

Cartlidge scoured the appellations of the North Coast in his 1960 Rambler, from Napa to Sonoma to Mendocino to Lake, to source grapes farmed with care and concern for the land. He brought the harvest back to a simple garage winery to handcraft wines they knew people would enjoy as much as they did. Cartlidge & Browne wines soon began to garner raves from critics and wine lovers alike.


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