Merwin Liquors USD 66.99 750ml

Fantesca Chardonnay 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

This lovely wine starts like a tropical breeze. Typical to the Fantesca Chardonnays of the past, this white exudes fresh scents of grapefruit, hints of lime and fresh cut pineapple. There is also a sweet vanillin barrel overtone that gives added warmth to the aromatics. The same fresh citrus in the nose is there in the palate, delivering crisp, clean and refreshing fruit flavors with minarality similar to a young Chablis. The body and texture of this wine is derived from it's sur lies ageing and native yeast fermentation. This restless wine really sparks one's interest as it opens up and evolves in the glass. Playful and tropic ripeness defines this wines roots as Californian, its structure and refined power says Burgundian on the finish.

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Fantesca Estate & Winery:
Fantesca Estate & Winery is rich with history, having originally been in the dowry of Caroline Bale when she married Charles Krug in 1860. Even then, the property was recognized as prime mountain vineyard land and the perfect place for a Spring Mountain winery. In 1889, a Cabernet made by Hannah Weinberger, one of the earliest female winemakers, won one of the first awards for a wine from the N... Read more
Fantesca Estate & Winery is rich with history, having originally been in the dowry of Caroline Bale when she married Charles Krug in 1860. Even then, the property was recognized as prime mountain vineyard land and the perfect place for a Spring Mountain winery. In 1889, a Cabernet made by Hannah Weinberger, one of the earliest female winemakers, won one of the first awards for a wine from the Napa Valley. Susan and Duane Hoff were college sweethearts at the University of Minnesota and have been happily married since 1988. Cupid was not finished with Susan and Duane, however: in many subsequent vacations to the Napa Valley over the years, the Hoffs fell in love with the possibilities that Napa Valley presented to them. As top executives holding frenetically fast-paced jobs at Best Buy, Susan and Duane began to seek their next careers, knowing that they wanted to turn to a slightly slower pace of life and enjoy the gratification of a job well done. They also dreamed of having a family business in which their two children, Taylor and Chelsea, could get involved in everything from designing a wine label to harvesting the grapes. It thrilled them to envision their children having a hand in making the wine that could someday be served at their weddings. Susan and Duane started looking for properties with which to found a winery. They were soon introduced to Cary Gott, a wine industry veteran of over 35 years who was to become their trusted business advisor and a close friend. They had looked at more than a dozen properties by the time Gott learned that a property in the highly-regarded Spring Mountain District was for sale. The Hoffs were immediately taken with the house, vistas and gardens – so much so that when recounting their first visit, Duane laughed, and said, "I don’t want to see anymore of the house; I want to taste the wine, because if the quality of the wine isn’t there, we can’t purchase the house." Luckily for the Hoffs, the wine quality was in the barrel, and they closed on the property in February 2004, thus founding their Spring Mountain winery. Indeed, the Hoff’s goal for any property they purchased was to produce nothing less than world-class wines. To accomplish this objective, the Minneapolis natives teamed up with noted Napa father-son winemaking duo Nils and Kirk Venge to craft their wines. As a result, their 1000-case Spring Mountain District winery released its first wines in the fall of 2005 – the 2002 Fantesca Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2004 Chardonnay from the Los Carneros District. From those early days, Susan and Duane have continually honored their commitment to producing wines that Mrs. Weinberger would be proud of in their estate vineyard, wine cave, and winery. Indeed, both care very deeply about the caliber of the wines they produce, and each is actively involved in the grape-growing and winemaking process. Both know, however, that making world-class wine must involve world-class people, and thus it is the people of Fantesca Estate & Winery (together with their faithful companions) who apply the same lively spirit and passion for winemaking that defined Mrs. Weinberger’s remarkable achievement. In early 2008, this spirit came full circle as Fantesca proudly welcomed an exciting new addition to their winemaking team, veteran winemaker Heidi Peterson Barrett, whose stellar Napa Valley resume includes winemaking stints at Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle, and her own La Sirena. The same passion for producing great wines is also evident in Fantesca’s commitment to the arts: Susan and Duane are regular contributors to a number of community art and theater programs. Indeed, Susan and Duane have followed their muse. While both enjoy the hard work that comes with owning a Spring Mountain winery, they allow plenty of room for fun, as anyone who has pulled a cork from a Fantesca wine will know. Read less
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Snooth User: HR Lady
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04/18/2009

light, crisp, but not sharp. not too much oak. fruity but not sweet. lovely wine.


External Reviews for Fantesca Chardonnay

External Review
Source: AmericanWinery.com
07/24/2009

This lovely wine starts like a tropical breeze. Typical to the Fantesca Chardonnays of the past, this white exudes fresh scents of grapefruit, hints of lime and fresh cut pineapple. There is also a sweet vanillin barrel overtone that gives added warmth to the aromatics. The same fresh citrus in the nose is there in the palate, delivering crisp, clean and refreshing fruit flavors with minarality similar to a young Chablis. The body and texture of this wine is derived from it’s sur lies ageing and native yeast fermentation. This restless wine really sparks one’s interest as it opens up and evolves in the glass. Playful and tropic ripeness defines this wines roots as Californian, its structure and refined power says Burgundian on the finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 03/23/2009

Only 375 cases of the Fantesca 2005 Chardonnay were produced with the intention of having a beautiful Burgundian-style Chardonnay to share with friends and family. The wine's natural acidity and minerality compliment the rich, ripe fruit flavors. A New Boutique Winery Discovery! Fantesca has been producing elegant wines at their Spring Mountain estate since the 2002 vintage, crafted by the well-known father and son winemaking team of Nils and Kirk Venge. The estate is rich with history, having originally been in the dowry of Caroline Bale when she married Charles Krug in 1860. Even then, the property was recognized as prime mountain vineyard land and the perfect place for a Spring Mountain winery, which today includes more than 10 acres of vineyards, a Tuscan estate, wine caves and custom crush facilities used by several Napa Valley boutique wine producers.



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This lovely wine starts like a tropical breeze. Typical to the Fantesca Chardonnays of the past, this white exudes fresh scents of grapefruit, hints of lime and fresh cut pineapple. There is also a sweet vanillin barrel overtone that gives added warmth to the aromatics. The same fresh citrus in the nose is there in the palate, delivering crisp, clean and refreshing fruit flavors with minarality similar to a young Chablis. The body and texture of this wine is derived from it's sur lies ageing and native yeast fermentation. This restless wine really sparks one's interest as it opens up and evolves in the glass. Playful and tropic ripeness defines this wines roots as Californian, its structure and refined power says Burgundian on the finish.

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