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Snooth User: napagirl68

Sunrise Farms Chardonnay...Taft St. Winery- need info!

Posted by napagirl68, May 19, 2013.

Hi all,

Hoping someone might have some info on this wine- maybe Outthere??

It is called Sunrise Farms Russian River Chardonnay, and in the fine print, it says "bottled and produced by Taft Street Winery, Sebastopol, CA". 

Now, I love, love Taft Street winery, so I bought two bottles of this at a local discounter.  It isn't great- and doesn't taste like a chard- more like a Viognier or Chenin Blanc. 

I looked it up online and could find no info other than a single CT review.



Reply by outthere, May 19, 2013.

Sorry NG, I'm drawing a blank on this one. Nothing wrong with a Chard that doesn't taste like an oak butter churn!


Reply by napagirl68, May 19, 2013.

Agreed, OT, on the Chard comment, but this is different... really strange-  deep floral, a bit overcooked, with more RS than I am used to with a Chard..  Oh well, some mysteries are not meant to be solved :-)

Reply by jmartini, May 23, 2013.

Hi NG, Jake here from Taft Street. I saw your post and wanted to follow-up on your question about the Sunrise Farms Chardonnay. This was a wine we made for one of our grape growing clients who wanted his own label but did not have an appropriate license.

I pulled the tech notes at time of bottling: 

  • Russian River Valley Chardonnay
  • Alc: 13.9%
  • RS: 0.0
  • pH:3.70
  • Total Acid: .61g/100ml 
Hope that helps a bit. This custom crush project was made exclusively from his grapes under his direction. As with many estate grown wines, the wine reflects the individual vineyard more than a winemaking style. I'm sorry for any confusion and mystery :)
If you have any other questions, feel free to email me directly. I can be reached via
Cheers! //Jake


Reply by napagirl68, May 23, 2013.

Hi Jake,

Thanks so much for the response!!  Just to say, I love Taft St Wines... was just curious about this one.  I now totally understand what the circumstances are.  What surprises me is the tech notes- RS 0.0???   Wow. 

Any hoo, thanks again for responding to my inquiry.  I hope to get back up soon, and for anyone reading, you will NOT go wrong with Taft St. wines.  In the past, I have loved the syrah, RRV pinot, & sauv blanc.

Reply by jmartini, May 24, 2013.

Thanks for the kind words! I might have a "house palette", but I'm also in love with the Sauv Blanc. It's my go to wine for summer :)

Thanks again, cheers! 



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