Kenneth Volk Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vineyard 2007

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No oak or malolactic added. Just excellent fruit.

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Kenneth Volk Vineyards:
Kenneth Volk Vineyards is located on Tepusquet Road, in the northeastern portion of the Santa Maria Valley AVA in Santa Barbara County, California. The property is located at the mouth of Tepusquet Canyon on the Sisquoc River Bench. The vineyard and winery property was formerly the "original" Byron Winery (the "new" Byron Winery is located next door), established by Ken Byron Brown in 1981. I... Read more
Kenneth Volk Vineyards is located on Tepusquet Road, in the northeastern portion of the Santa Maria Valley AVA in Santa Barbara County, California. The property is located at the mouth of Tepusquet Canyon on the Sisquoc River Bench. The vineyard and winery property was formerly the "original" Byron Winery (the "new" Byron Winery is located next door), established by Ken Byron Brown in 1981. In 1994 the winery was acquired by the Robert Mondavi Winery Corporation. Ken Volk purchased the building and land at the end of 2004, after over a year of negotiations. The sale included the winery and vineyard only - no brands, no wine, and no on-going business venture. Ken was attracted to the property for a variety of reasons, including its beautiful, tranquil location along the ever-flowing Tepusquet Creek, and the oak and sycamore riparian habitat surrounding the winery. Another blessed feature of the site is its adjacency to some of the top Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards in Santa Barbara wine country. As well, being located up Tepusquet Canyon, the winery is out of the wind tunnel of the Santa Maria mesa. Ken describes the facility as a winery "fixer-upper." No maintenance, preventative or otherwise, had been done since the property changed hands in 1994. Ken spent much of 2005, and much of his resources, creating an efficient, sanitary and safe working environment appropriate for the production of luxury class wines. Ken reinsulated the production bays, installed fire sprinklers, re-plumbed the water system, and installed a proper ventilation and night-air fan system among other infrastructure improvements. Ken also brought in substantially improved crushing and pressing equipment to facilitate gentle and efficient fruit processing. The 12 acre property includes a 4 acre vineyard that was planted in 1981 to own-rooted Wente Clone Chardonnay. This fruit was used for the 2005 Estate Chardonnay. Read less
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Member Reviews for Kenneth Volk Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vineyard

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Snooth User: Nan1973
8794825
0.00 5
07/03/2011

No oak or malolactic added. Just excellent fruit.


Snooth User: Nan1973
8794825
4.00 5
07/03/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: slotownwiner
12116916
5.00 5
Vintage: 2006 11/13/2009

I'm not much of a barrel fermented chardonnay fan, but this wine blows me away. Ripe white nectarine and peach aromas are followed by layers of stonefruit and a rich, creamy mouthfeel. I'm buying a case for Turkey day this year!


Snooth User: me1
15601822
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 06/17/2009

Three glasses


External Reviews for Kenneth Volk Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vineyard

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Vintage: 2004 01/29/2009

This is a full-bodied Chardonnay has aromas of toasted grains, sliced apple and wet slate. On the palate, the wine is creamy and full volume with a flinty minerality. The low pH and high natural acidity help this wine finish crispy. This unctuous




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