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Bargetto Winery Reserve Chardonnay 2014

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This wine comes from the Regan Estate Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where they get plenty of fog-kissed sunshine. The grapes were harvested on November 2, 2005 at a Brix of 24.1: where else but Santa Cruz do you hang Chard so long without getting raisins? It went through ML and then spent nine months in French and American oak. Relatively speaking, this Cinderella did not long slumber in the lumber. The resulting wine is a pale beauty, wearing a starched frock of pale green linen, with frills of lemony and white eyelet lace, and generously wrapped in a most ethereal chiffon. It’s way lighter in color and texture than many of her peers, but the intensity of flavors will win you over. This beauty has lots of wonderful aromas on the nose, including pear, jasmine and lime, plus kumquat, steely minerals, apricot blossoms and flinty steel. On the palate, all that olfactory investigation is rewarded with delightfully delicious flavors of kiwi, strawberry, lime and pear tart. There is a lovely floral note to this wine that steers it like a great acid rudder through the sea of rather dominating oak. As much as Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnays can be hugely golden rich and as heady as a bacchanalian beach party, this is the white-gloved sorority sister with the string of super-rich boyfriends that keep driving up to her house in Aston Martins. When you ask how her life is going, she laughs and shrugs off the question with a gesture only royalty would understand. This is not a wine that will give up any secrets.

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Bargetto Winery:
Bargetto Winery is dedicated to enriching the quality of life through the enjoyment of wine as it complements meals, contributes to well-being and celebrates life. Bargetto Winery has produced handcrafted wines in the Santa Cruz Mountains since 1933. As we celebrate more than 75 years of fine winemaking, our family invites you to taste our award-winning wines and experience the long tradition a... Read more
Bargetto Winery is dedicated to enriching the quality of life through the enjoyment of wine as it complements meals, contributes to well-being and celebrates life. Bargetto Winery has produced handcrafted wines in the Santa Cruz Mountains since 1933. As we celebrate more than 75 years of fine winemaking, our family invites you to taste our award-winning wines and experience the long tradition and dramatic beauty of this internationally-acclaimed appellation. We welcome you to visit our historic Soquel winery and tasting room in this distinctive region of mountain vineyards and coastal breezes. Or visit our tasting room in Monterey on Cannery Row. Bargetto Winery's Regan Estate Vineyards is nestled in the southern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains at 500 foot elevation. Its close proximity (7 miles) to the Pacific Ocean, overlooking the Monterey Bay, yields grapes with intense concentration of flavors and good acid structure. Limited yields also contribute to the production of rich wine, capable of extended aging. At our Regan Estate Vineyards, we subscribe to the concept and practice of sustainable winegrowing in which farmers seek to work in harmony with nature. As winegrowers, we strive to have a minimal impact on the natural environment (air, soil, water). We live and work in a beautiful area of the world and want to preserve it for generations after us. Read less

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Vintage: 2005 10/16/2008

This wine comes from the Regan Estate Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where they get plenty of fog-kissed sunshine. The grapes were harvested on November 2, 2005 at a Brix of 24.1: where else but Santa Cruz do you hang Chard so long without getting raisins? It went through ML and then spent nine months in French and American oak. Relatively speaking, this Cinderella did not long slumber in the lumber. The resulting wine is a pale beauty, wearing a starched frock of pale green linen, with frills of lemony and white eyelet lace, and generously wrapped in a most ethereal chiffon. It’s way lighter in color and texture than many of her peers, but the intensity of flavors will win you over. This beauty has lots of wonderful aromas on the nose, including pear, jasmine and lime, plus kumquat, steely minerals, apricot blossoms and flinty steel. On the palate, all that olfactory investigation is rewarded with delightfully delicious flavors of kiwi, strawberry, lime and pear tart. There is a lovely floral note to this wine that steers it like a great acid rudder through the sea of rather dominating oak. As much as Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnays can be hugely golden rich and as heady as a bacchanalian beach party, this is the white-gloved sorority sister with the string of super-rich boyfriends that keep driving up to her house in Aston Martins. When you ask how her life is going, she laughs and shrugs off the question with a gesture only royalty would understand. This is not a wine that will give up any secrets.



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