Friday, May 15, 2015

Wente Vineyards: Enjoy National Chardonnay Day with chardonnays showing a century of age!

By way of background:  National Chardonnay Day is coming soon!  To help guide your way, we'll sample three moderately-priced chardonnays from a vineyard with more than a century of history in California.  Wente Vineyards imported chardonnay cuttings from France to Livermore Valley in 1912.  The 1936 Wente vintage was the first varietal in the U.S. to be labeled "chardonnay" in the country.  Then, in 1960, real global accolades came when Guide Michelin reprinted a Los Angeles Times review that characterized Wente Chardonnay as a wine that was equal to the great white wines of France, and indeed the best white wine in the U.S.  Review samples were provided by the winery's agent; first reviews were made in May, 2015.


Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay.

Original tasting and review : This is Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay ($), Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay, California, 2013, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date.

In the glass: Clear, hints of yellow.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows shy and mineral fruit scents.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright and balanced.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact fresh, bright, plenty fleshy, with a bright, crisp finish.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, providing a friendly balance.
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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay.

Original tasting and review : This is Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay ($$), Arroyo Seco, Monterey, California, 2013, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date.  I enjoyed the prior 2012 vintage of this a great deal.

In the glass: Quite pale yellow.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, bright and buttery notes.  From the aroma, seems like this will be full and fleshy.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact mouth-filling, perfumed scented with nicely balanced hints of oak, a fleshy sip that extends itself by the perky acids that slowly and surprisingly creep up into your cheeks.

In summary: Overall, rates three plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a good value on our scale.
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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Wente Eric's Chardonnay.

Original tasting and review : This is Wente Eric's Chardonnay ($$$), Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay, California, 2014, finished at 13.4% alcohol and first sampled just one year from vintage date.  This is an estate grown, small lot production and is entirely unoaked, finished entirely in stainless steel.

In the glass: Clear, hints of yellow.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright steel with some light, fresh grasses.  From the aroma, seems like this will be vibrant and bright, possibly acidic in tone.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as anticipated, with bright fruity mid-toned complemented by sturdy finishing acids that enter early and coat your palate.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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