Chardonnay

2019 Chardonnay Bottle Shot

ChardonnayThis product is from the Organically Farmed Collection

California | Crafted from Certified Organically Grown Grapes
JEFF CICHOCKI, WINEMAKER

VINEYARD NOTES
This lively Chardonnay reflects a mix of organic vineyards from California’s cool- and warm-climate regions. Nearly half of the blend hails from Mendocino County, including fruit from two of our estate vineyards, Blue Heron Ranch and McNab Ranch. The 2019 vintage brought cooler temperatures, punctuated by the occasional rain shower, allowing the fruit to mature slowly and develop the hallmark vibrancy that characterizes our organically farmed Chardonnay.

WINEMAKING NOTES
Following harvest in September and October, seventy percent of the grapes were fermented in a combination of French and American oak barrels, with the balance fermented in stainless steel to retain the naturally crisp, fresh varietal character of the Chardonnay fruit. The oak-fermented lots underwent malolactic fermentation to create a rich, creamy texture on the palate. The wine aged for six months, with a portion in stainless steel and the balance in a combination of new and neutral French and American oak barrels. The final blend strikes an ideal balance between bright fruit flavors and a hint of vanilla spice on the palate.

TASTING NOTES
A brilliant, straw-colored hue hints at the radiant character of this organically farmed Chardonnay. On the nose, fruit aromas of red apple and pear are interlaced with a luscious bouquet of nutmeg and flower blossom. The rich and creamy palate is framed by a backbone of clean minerality and uplifted acidity. Vibrant lemon zest is underscored by subtle notes of toasted oak and crème brulee on the finish.

TOTAL ACIDITY: 0.58 GRAMS/100ML
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.02 GRAMS/100ML
pH: 3.3
ALCOHOL: 13.7%

Awards

90 Points, 2019 Vintage

The Tasting Panel, January 2021 Issue
While almost half of the grapes are sourced from Bonterra’s vineyards in Mendocino, organic vineyards from other cool- and warm-climate regions of California are carefully chosen for this outstanding, vivacious white. French and American oak were applied to 70 percent of the wine, while the remaining juice was stainless steel fermented. It was then aged for six months, again a portion in stainless steel and the balance in oak. A dollop of Viognier, Muscat and Sauvignon Blanc adds floral and sweet citrus notes. Aromas are plentiful, with honeyed sage, Delicious apple, and lemon blossom. White peppered pear zings on the palate, with a creaminess imparted by maple-kissed pineapple and brioche. Thanks to good acid structure and a touch of stoniness, this white holds up well to light fare, even with a little spice!

91 Points, 2019 Vintage

James Suckling, December 2020
This has perfumed aromas of honeysuckle, lily, apricot and golden apple. It’s full-bodied and creamy with crisp acidity. Lovely ripe fruit. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. Screw cap.

90 Points, 2018 Vintage

The Tasting Panel, May 2020 Issue
Winemaker Jeff Cichocki crafts an especially aromatic white here: Jazzy perfume of jasmine and sugar-dusted apples and almond shortbread. While 70% of the juice is fermented in a combination of French and American oak, 30% is fermented in stainless steel. The palate’s crispness, an initial creaminess and a focused citrus core, delivers freshness. It finishes with ripe pineapple that allows the acidity to just about nip the tongue – great for food partnering.

  • Awards
    90 Points, 2019 Vintage

    The Tasting Panel, January 2021 Issue
    While almost half of the grapes are sourced from Bonterra’s vineyards in Mendocino, organic vineyards from other cool- and warm-climate regions of California are carefully chosen for this outstanding, vivacious white. French and American oak were applied to 70 percent of the wine, while the remaining juice was stainless steel fermented. It was then aged for six months, again a portion in stainless steel and the balance in oak. A dollop of Viognier, Muscat and Sauvignon Blanc adds floral and sweet citrus notes. Aromas are plentiful, with honeyed sage, Delicious apple, and lemon blossom. White peppered pear zings on the palate, with a creaminess imparted by maple-kissed pineapple and brioche. Thanks to good acid structure and a touch of stoniness, this white holds up well to light fare, even with a little spice!

    91 Points, 2019 Vintage

    James Suckling, December 2020
    This has perfumed aromas of honeysuckle, lily, apricot and golden apple. It’s full-bodied and creamy with crisp acidity. Lovely ripe fruit. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. Screw cap.

    90 Points, 2018 Vintage

    The Tasting Panel, May 2020 Issue
    Winemaker Jeff Cichocki crafts an especially aromatic white here: Jazzy perfume of jasmine and sugar-dusted apples and almond shortbread. While 70% of the juice is fermented in a combination of French and American oak, 30% is fermented in stainless steel. The palate’s crispness, an initial creaminess and a focused citrus core, delivers freshness. It finishes with ripe pineapple that allows the acidity to just about nip the tongue – great for food partnering.

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