Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Review: ***+ $$ Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco, Monterey, California, 2012 = GOOD VALUE

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By way of background: Wente is the oldest continuously operating family-owned winery in America, now into its fifth generation of ownership.  Wente was the first California winery to produce a wine labeled as chardonnay, in 1936.  Here we will be sampling a Monterey Chardonnay from Wente, provided by representatives of the winery.


Original tasting and review : This is Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco, Monterey, California, 2012, finished at 13.5% alcohol and finished in a blend of oak barrels and some stainless steel.

In the glass: Light to medium yellow with glints of green.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, light butter and tropical fruit notes.  From the aroma, seems like this will be layered and rich.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact deep, layered with solid mineral fruit, and robes of sleek fruit, laced with light butter and oak, that gently glides along your cheeks.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus for rich balance on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a good value as well as a delicious wine!

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Chardonnay.

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