Thursday, October 22, 2015

Visiting a selection of Wente VIneyards' crisp white wines

By way of background:  We've enjoyed Wente Vineyards chardonnay in these pages before.  Please check our posting here for some background and prior tasting notes.  Today we will sample two Wente chardonnays and a Wente sauvignon blanc.  Review samples were provided by the winery's agent; first reviews were made in October, 2015.
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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, 2014, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date.

In the glass: Clear, very light hints of yellow.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows shy and mineral fruit scents, like the 2013 we sampled, but with hints of white pepper.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing  brights layers of peach and pear with tiny oak hints sprinkled throughout.  Clean, fresh, modest finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value at its attractive price point.
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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Wente 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, pale hints of yellow.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows sweet stainless steel and soft, earthy pepper.  From the aroma, seems like this will be soft and bright.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact quite layered and rich, with a solid, stony under-girding and some gentle peach fruit.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Wente Sauvignon Blanc.

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

In the glass: Clear with yellow and vanilla highlights.

On the nose: Poured at cool - almost cold - temperature and swirled vigorously, shows crisp, lemony notes.  From the aroma, seems like this will be up front and flavorful.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing plenty of lemon and citrus right up front, with the adult lemonade experience sweeping quickly back through your mouth and up into your cheeks.   The finish holds aloft for quite a long finish in your cheeks, slowly allowing the perky acids to slip away.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars with a plus for its bright, acidic poignancy on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  However, after allowing this to warm to approximately cellar temperature, I found that the pure acidity mellowed to a more measured, balanced brightness, which nicely paired with a perky but creamier middle of stone fruit and citrus.  Moved to an easy three stars.  Avoid my initial mistake of serving too cold!

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