Sequoia Grove Chardonnay Rutherford Estate 2008
There’s most definitely something special about life in the Grove. Is it the towering Sequoia trees that define the estate and inspired the name? Is it the atmosphere of unassuming sophistication? Is it our unique combination of award-winning wines (led by our signature Cabernet) created with an artisan spirit? It’s all of the above—and more. And it’s right here, waiting to be discovered.
Lots of oak in this buttery chard. Not really my style but my wife really likes this bottle. Plus it worked really well in the asparagus risotto.
Bright golden in the glass. On the nose, it's like fresh apple turnover. Cinnamon spice, some slight bacon fat and some peach tones all laced with ever so slight oak and some buttery wafts. Surprising acid on the palate considering a somewhat "fat" nose. Bright crisp fruit springs forth of apples, peaches, apricot, some toasty roasted qualities and a creaminess, almost like rich chicken skin fat dance around the fruit. Just the right kiss of oak. Good weight in the mouth. Actually it feels and seems much fatter than it tastes. Richly layered and well balanced. Very enjoyable chardonnay!
Sequoia was one of the funniest experiences we had on our trip as all the staff were drinking as much as the customers doing the tasting. We met some wonderful characters who were very entertaining. I love these types of boutique wineries that are so welcoming. I opened a bottle of 2008 Sequoia Grove Caneros Chardonnay and what a lovely, rich wine this was. As soon as I opened the bottle I got an aroma of fresh asparagus. Once poured the wine has a deeper, more complex aroma of greens and a hint of melon - so fresh. The initial taste was sweet, which was a bit of surprise… cantaloupe and sweet red apple, deliciously light and not heady like some Chardonnays with only a hint of oaky'ness. It has a distinct sharpness with a creamy undertone almost like Crème Brule and it is slightly dry on the palate with a wonderful long finish. This wine was just exquisite. I made tuna and egg with a green salad for dinner and this was a delicious wine to pair with my dish.
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Very rich, dry and crisp in acidity, a Chardonnay that feels fine from your first sip through the spicy finish. Made with 35% new French oak, and aged eight months on the lees, itrsquo;s drinking beautifully now, with pear, pineapple, vanilla custard and buttered toast flavors. Just lovely.
Gentle and fruity, with pleasant cassis flavors and soft tannins. The oaky overlay adds smoky notes. Not an ager, itrsquo;s best enjoyed in its precocious youth.
Winemaker Notes - Rich gold in color, the aroma is heady and intense with complex notes of lemon verbena, fresh mango, and cr me brul e. Further olfactory discovery leads to red ripe apple, cinnamon, toasted pineapple, and lemon/lime aromas. There is a hint of mineral steeliness, similar to wet river rocks, in the background. The wine has bright lemon/lime on the palate, continuing to ripe pineapple, and ending with a long, custardy finish