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
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.
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.
A fine young estate Chardonnay from these growers-turned-producers in the heart of the valley. Displays clean and pure apple and peach flavors, and enough oak to season with vanilla and woody spices. Balanced and pretty, and a good match for salmon or crab.
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.
The sweetness of oak contrasts drier, earth tones in this wine, balancing butterscotch with scents of chalk. Lees add a whole grain flavor. For roast veal.
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