Kunde Estate Chardonnay Sonoma Valley Nu 2007
Vineyard Information The vines are found on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Sonoma Valley. A northwestern exposure and vertical cane and single curtain vertical canopy trellis system. Harvest/Winemaking * Heat in veraison and at the beginning of August ripened early blooming blocks of Chardonnay. C. S. Ridge is well drained hill top soil so the grapes from this block came on quickly for an earlier than usual harvest * Picked the fruit on August 30 2007 at 24.3° Brix. * Cool morning hand picking was followed by pumping whole clusters to the press. * The juice was cold settled for 48 hours before racking clean and inoculating with a selected yeast strain isolated in Burgundy. * The wine was barrel fermented aged sur lies with lees stirring through December and inoculated for malolactic fermentation. * The wine was barrel aged for 9 months in French and Hungarian oak 53% new. * Bottled August 2008. Aroma/Flavor Profile Butterscotch. baked apple and well integrated oak Winemaker's Comments "You like 'em big and rich? Let us introduce you to the 2007 Kunde Family Estate Chardonnay from C. S. Ridge. This wine starts out with toasty aromas and hints of butterscotch that open up in the mouth with baked apple flavors and well integrated oak packed into a texture of almost oily richness. Anything this big needs big flavors to match: how about pasta with sweet Italian sausage in a white wine cream sauce? That's big and rich!" Tim Bell - Winemaker Cases Produced 325
Family owned and operated for five generations, Kunde Family Estate produces ultra-premium, estate-grown wines that are sustainably farmed in the finest traditions of Northern California's renowned Sonoma Valley.
Editorial Reviews for Kunde Estate Chardonnay Sonoma Valley Nu
Earthy and slightly minerally on the nose with dried apple, pineapple and dried floral tones that have a sage like edge. In the mouth this is focused with a big acid spine that keeps this fresh and juicy but not weighty. The flavors are a touch soft and subtle but recall nectarines and apples in a creamy, creamcicle style that grows on the long finish which has a delightfully sneaky return of sweet orchard fruits. Eminently drinkable 90pts
External Reviews for Kunde Estate Chardonnay Sonoma Valley Nu
Another sweet, oaky Chardonnay joins the ever-growing line. Not that it's an indifferent wine. This family produces nothing but impeccably tailored wines, and this one is among the best of class at this price point.
Ripe and full-bodied with tiers of fruit flavors ranging from green apples and peaches to pears and mango. None-too-subtle oak adds vanilla, smoke and butterscotch elements. Just enough residual sugar for it to drink a bit like an orange-vanilla milk shake.
For all the richness, and therersquo;s plenty of it in the pineapple, Meyer lemondrop and vanilla notes, this Chard has a gunmetal minerality that grounds it. The ldquo;Nurdquo; designation indicates that itrsquo;s unoaked.
The Maconnais-styled 2000 Chardonnay Sonoma's (30,000 cases produced from 60% barrel and 40% tank-fermented fruit) cooler growing season and higher acids have given the wine a European-like delicacy and crispness. Enjoy it over the next year. While this easy to like, accessible effort lacks complexity, it is a faithful representation of its varietal character, and is meant to offer plenty of up-front fruit as well as pleasure. The wine was produced from 100% estate fruit from the Kunde family vineyards in Sonoma Valley. There has been considerable replanting of some of Kunde's major vineyards.
Here's a big, ripe, creamy, oaky Chardonnay. The oak stars, contributing flamboyant vanilla, char and woody spices, but there's plenty of fruit flavor ranging from apples and peaches all the way to papayas.
There's meatiness in the flavors of this wine, a savory character to balance the sweeter peppermint notes. Chill it for a salad of smoked turkey and avocado.
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