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by Fred McMillin
for September 19, 1997
Just Say Callaway
Temecula's biggest winery is Callaway, and Callaway's biggest wine is their Chardonnay, from some 500 acres of estate vines. Part of the success is due to the fact that phylloxera doesn't like the area...so vines grow on their own rootstock and survive nicely. Even more important is Vice President-Winemaker Dwayne Helmuth's decision to emphasize the grape flavors by unusually low fermentation temperatures, a 44 degrees for the 1996. The flavors are intensified by extended contact with the fermetation sediment called "lees." It works so well that Dwayne uses no oak contact at all. with sales of over 100,000 cases a year, Dwayne doesn't plan on changing the procedure.
Just The Facts
Postscript: Whence the name Temecula? The Indian name was Temeku, "the land where the sun shines through the white mist."
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