Vineyard 7 & 8 Reserve Chardonnay 2003

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In 1999, John & Louise Steffens and Steven Grover purchased a 16 acre vineyard atop Spring Mountain and named it Vineyard 7 & 8. Parcel 7 is plante... Read more

Vineyard 7 & 8, located at an elevation of 2020 ft, consists of 8 vineyards of Chardonnay and 8 vineyards of Cabernet. This Chardonnay is produced ... Read more

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External Review
Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

In 1999, John & Louise Steffens and Steven Grover purchased a 16 acre vineyard atop Spring Mountain and named it Vineyard 7 & 8. Parcel 7 is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, while “8” is planted to Chardonnay. Pete Richmond and Silverado Farming Company manage the vineyards, Larry Langbehn is winemaker, and Wesley Steffens formerly of Harlan Estate is assistant winemaker. Christian Le Sommer, formerly of Chateau Latour, oversees operations. I attended a press tasting of the first release of Cabernet Sauvignon, which was poured alongside Bordeaux first growths.If the owners are going for the French style, they have succeeded. The wine not only held its own in that impressive line up, many of us had the mistaken impression it was Chateau Lafite or Latour!Bright yellow gold and unctuous, this very Burgundian style of Chardonnay has completely unexpected notes of earth, mineral, tar, and yeast. Butter, caramel apple, and toasted almond notes come out towards the very clean, minerally finish. Alcohol is moderately high, balanced by bright, vivid acidity. The wine has that sexy “gras” or silk texture found in classic white Burgundy. Overall it is very “Montrachet-esque” and would be easy to mistake in a blind tasting too. Chardonnay snobs, this one’s for you!


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
07/12/2007

Vineyard 7 & 8, located at an elevation of 2020 ft, consists of 8 vineyards of Chardonnay and 8 vineyards of Cabernet. This Chardonnay is produced to age, in its youth this shows a mineral steeliness, while with some bottle age, flavors of lemon, apple, and spice burst from the glass.


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