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2017 Kautz Kramer Chardonnay
Kautz & Kramer represents a culmination of a lifetime of passion and dedication. John Kautz, the son of hardworking German immigrants grew up on his family farm in Lodi. His parents moved to the U.S. in search of the “American dream” and purchased a small parcel of land. Gail Kramer, the daughter of a lawyer and English professor, was born in California. John & Gail were married in 1958. Together, they grew their farming operation and helped pioneer premium wine grapes in Lodi. Sentimental Journey, John & Gail’s first dance at their wedding is a blend of two vineyards. Hand-selected by Winemaker, Steve Millier, the grapes were harvested in the cool of the night and brought in for a gentle crushing. Only free-run juice was selected for this wine. When finished fermenting this wine was aged on lees with stirring for three months. Aromas of apricots, honey, butterscotch and a touch of lime integrate into flavors of vanilla beans, hazelnuts, coriander and bananas. The mid-palate and length is full and lingering.