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2015 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard

Historic Vineyards Collection

This vineyard has hit its stride producing marvelous Chardonnays year after year. The 2015 is just amazing right now. On the palate, classic Chardonnay flavors of apple, citrus and vanilla go on and on. Serve with shellfish, Cornish game hen, or alfredo pasta with lobster. Score 92 points Robert Parker.

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We have been producing this wine for decades and have our winemaking protocol down to a point where we know exactly what to do to maximize the potential of this grape from Bien Nacido Vineyard. We have identified the best locations where Chardonnay is grown and have locked in our committment. The grapes were hand harvested, whole cluster pressed (to minimize tannin extraction from the skins), totally barrel fermented in 100% new François Frères barrels, aged for 18 months, then bottled unfiltered. The aroma reveals this is obviously Chardonnay made in an old world style. Sweet barrel spice mixes nicely with a lemon limey note from the fruit.  It is rich on the palate, and the classic Chardonnay flavors of apple, citrus and vanilla go on and on. This  lively wine will go with wide assortment of foods. Seared scallops in butter with a touch of orange, roast chicken with rosemary are just a couple of favorites with this Chardonnay.

Robert Parkers's Wine Advocate

Score: 92 points "The 2015 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard comes entirely from Block K, the oldest block of Chardonnay in the Bien Nacido vineyard. It has a nose of bruised apple, acacia, lemon and lime peel, crushed stone and damp hay with a core of soft white stone fruit. The palate is light to medium-bodied and gives up intense fruits, segueing to honey-nut nuance, with juicy acidity and a long, textured, savory finish. 200 cases were made." Erin Brooks


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