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Four Vines Chardonnay Santa Barbara County Naked Chardonnay 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine Tasting Notes By "Naked"is our expression for a No-Oak style of winemaking that has not seen any oak nor does it want to.The wine was NOT put through malolactic fermentation to maintain the natural acid balance. This is rich, concentrated Chardonnay fruit. Pure, bright, beautiful, unclothed, unhindered....NAKED is made to go with food instead of compete with it like those buttered lumberyards masquerading as Chardonnay.

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Four Vines Winery:
First there was ONE. Winemaker CHRISTIAN TIETJE is a hedonist. He is passionate about wine: making it, drinking it and bringing people together to enjoy it. Chris learned to love balanced, food-driven wines as an aspiring young chef in Boston. In 1990 he moved to San Francisco, determined to pursue his passion and become a winemaker. He fell head over heels for old vine Zinfandel, and began ... Read more
First there was ONE. Winemaker CHRISTIAN TIETJE is a hedonist. He is passionate about wine: making it, drinking it and bringing people together to enjoy it. Chris learned to love balanced, food-driven wines as an aspiring young chef in Boston. In 1990 he moved to San Francisco, determined to pursue his passion and become a winemaker. He fell head over heels for old vine Zinfandel, and began planning for bigger things. Then there were TWO. In 1994, Christian partnered with SUSAN A. MAHLER, a brainy and beautiful scientist and pilot, whom he nicknamed “SAM.” Armed with a degree in Earth Science, SAM took an immediate interest in vineyards. Together they created Four Vines Winery featuring eclectic, appellation-specific Zins, and one kick-ass no-oak “Naked” Chardonnay. They named their Zins Biker, Sophisticate and Maverick. Rich, succulent, fruit-generous wines that pair incredibly well with food. They relocated to Paso Robles where they began experimenting with Rhone varietals; bigger, headier wines that are positively explosive in flavor and form, as in the rogue Rhone blend “Anarchy.” Now there are THREE. Christian and SAM worked harder than ever to grow their winery to 14,000 cases, but they needed someone to help share the load. They connected with an old friend from Christian’s childhood, BILL GRANT, a successful entrepreneur and financier. Bill joined Four Vines as an advisor and financier in 2002 and joined the partnership in 2004, growing to approximately 40,000 cases and introducing new wines named Heretic and Phoenix. Bill travels across the country, turning on new audiences to the Four Vines Incident. Makers of fleshy, seductive wines for aficionados and hedonists alike, Four Vines brings a refreshing, playfully irreverent attitude to the industry. Read less

External Reviews for Four Vines Chardonnay Santa Barbara County Naked Chardonnay

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Fresh and floral, crisp and refreshing, with a mix of tropical fruit, apple and melon, enlivened by snappy acidity. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Intense and vibrant, with rich mineral, quince, citrus and ripe grapefruit flavors. Refreshing and cleansing, with a beam of tasty flavors unobstructed by oak. Drink now through 2009.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

With no oak, the pure, brilliantly ripe Chardonnay fruit shines through in this rewarding wine. Itrsquo;s so rich in tropical fruit, peach, pear and citrus flavors, you wonrsquo;t even miss the barrel influence. Best of all is the cool-climate crispness that makes the finish so clean and vibrant.


External Review
07/23/2011

This is crisp, concentrated Chardonnay with all its natural acid. Naked exhibits apple, white peach, and pear, finishing long with hints of citrus and mineral. Eat oysters and drink often!! Share with a friend.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Offers a strong Sauvignon-like citrus edge, with notes of lime and lemon. Medium- to full-bodied, clean and refreshing. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Fresh and vibrant, with full-bodied, snappy citrus, grapefruit and pippin apple flavors that are clean and refreshing. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
10/24/2011

Step away from the barrel! This Chardonnay was fermented in 100% stainless steel and has not seen any oak, nor does it want to. This is crisp, concentrated Chardonnay with all its natural acid. Naked exhibits apple, white peach, and pear, finishing long with hints of citrus and mineral. Eat oysters and drink "Naked" often!! - Winery


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Wine Tasting Notes By "Naked"is our expression for a No-Oak style of winemaking that has not seen any oak nor does it want to.The wine was NOT put through malolactic fermentation to maintain the natural acid balance. This is rich, concentrated Chardonnay fruit. Pure, bright, beautiful, unclothed, unhindered....NAKED is made to go with food instead of compete with it like those buttered lumberyards masquerading as Chardonnay.

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