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The Path Chardonnay

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The majority of the grapes used to make this wine were sourced from Clarksburg and Monterey County. The Clarksburg AVA is an up and coming wine region located in California’s Sacramento Delta. The area was quickly discovered by grape growers attracted by a microclimate which closely mirrored that of nearby Napa Valley. The soils here are a combination of poorly-draining clay and rich loam, meaning vines experience nutrient-rich, yet sometimes arid conditions. During the growing season, warm days give way to cooling afternoon breezes from the San Francisco Bay, dropping temperatures down 30 to 40 degrees from their daytime highs. This mass of cool air allows wine grapes to retain more acidity than those grown in similarly warm regions. The Monterey AVA is located in eastern Monterey County, California. It’s part of the larger Central Coast AVA. It runs roughly 100 miles north of Monterey Bay to its southern point, abutting Paso Robles, California. The soils here are sandy and require extensive irrigation. Much like Clarksburg, cool air is funneled in from Monterey Bay, making the northeastern end of this region very cool and well suited to growing grapes with higher levels of food-friendly acidity.