Chardonnay 2020

Bonterra Chardonnay 2020 Vintage

Chardonnay 2020This product is from the Organically Farmed Collection

Our organic fruit offers the characteristic flavors of green apples, pears, and citrus to our chardonnay. We ferment 70% of the juice in a combination of French and American oak, which is allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation to create a rich, creamy wine with just a touch of new oak spice. The remaining 30% is fermented in stainless steel to preserve the crisp fresh fruit flavors. We age most of the wine using previously-used or neutral oak in order for these fresh fruit characteristics to shine through. New oak was used for just 15% of the wine to give this chardonnay a nice vanilla note.

An initial impression of rich, buttery cream quickly turns to aromas of honey and lightly toasted almonds, followed by tropical aromas of pineapple, citrusy lemon and crème brulee. The wine is refreshing on the palate, with a minerality that is both bright and clean, drawing you into a vibrant tartness and lemon zest that is absolutely, positively Bonterra Chardonnay, vintage after vintage.

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Club Price: $11.20

90 points
Appellation: California Alcohol: 13.5% Download Tasting Notes

Awards

90 Points, 2020 Vintage, James Suckling

James Suckling, December 2021 issue
Fresh and fruity nose of white peaches, sliced apples and pears. It’s medium-to full-bodied with a creamy, ripe palate. Some honey and juicy melon notes to close. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. Screw cap. – December 8, 2021

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, 2020 Vintage, James Suckling

    James Suckling, December 2021 issue
    Fresh and fruity nose of white peaches, sliced apples and pears. It’s medium-to full-bodied with a creamy, ripe palate. Some honey and juicy melon notes to close. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. Screw cap. – December 8, 2021

    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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