Wente Vineyards Chardonnay Livermore Valley 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

Fermentation: Barrel fermented in French, American, Eastern European, and neutral oak. Aging: This wine was aged for 8 months in French, American, Eastern European, and neutral oak.

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Wente Vineyards:
Founded more than 125 years ago, Wente Vineyards is the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery. Today, the winery maintains its leadership role in California winegrowing under ownership and management by the Fourth and Fifth Generations of the Wente family. Blending traditional and innovative winemaking practices, the winery draws from approximately 3,000 acres of sustaina... Read more
Founded more than 125 years ago, Wente Vineyards is the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery. Today, the winery maintains its leadership role in California winegrowing under ownership and management by the Fourth and Fifth Generations of the Wente family. Blending traditional and innovative winemaking practices, the winery draws from approximately 3,000 acres of sustainably farmed Estate vineyards to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines. Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California’s premier wine country destinations, featuring wine tasting, fine dining and championship golf. Read less

Member Reviews for Wente Vineyards Chardonnay Livermore Valley

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Snooth User: Philip James
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3.00 5
07/20/2009

Peach flavors and crisp green apple notes. Medium level of oak, with a great oily character. Spicy lemony finish which was unexpected, but very nice. Good with food.


Snooth User: cgplayer9
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4.00 5
07/25/2011

I'll be the first to admit that when it comes to white wines, I am an absolute dilettante. But this wine was everything I was looking for in a chardonnay and more: good tartness (pineapple, pears, hint of lemon) balanced by fruity sweetness (apple, quince, honeydew melon) and a good bit of butteriness, but not overly so. The addition of the gewurtz was brilliant. This was a very good tasting wine and a pleasure to drink. Medium to full bodied, with a beautifully long spicy/fruity finish.


Snooth User: niknot
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4.00 5
05/21/2011

Rating: 91/100. Very nice bouquet of tropical fruits that resemble sweet scents of Starbursts candy rather than the real thing. Pale yellow color fades to clear at rim. Great texture to this wine accentuates flavors of cantaloupe, honey, and sweet apple; perhaps a slight hint of tobacco on the back of the palate. Light oaking provides great balance to all the flavors present. This wine is a pleasure to drink.


Snooth User: Darkstar3030
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4.00 5
11/25/2010

Great wine for the price. We specifically used it for the white at our wedding.


Snooth User: SuZq22
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3.50 5
10/14/2011

Very buttery.


External Reviews for Wente Vineyards Chardonnay Livermore Valley

External Review
02/11/2011

Arroyo Seco is widely regarded as one of the best places in California to grow Chardonnay. Riva Ranch is the name of the Wente family’s vineyard in Arroyo Seco, where we have been growing Chardonnay since the 1960’s. Wente Vineyards was the first California winery to produce a wine labeled as Chardonnay in 1936. Today, many of the great Chardonnay vineyards in California are planted with the Wente Clone. 92% of this wine was barrel fermented, while the balance was fermented in stainless steel. After primary fermentation, the wine was allowed to naturally undergo malolactic fermentation and then aged sur lie for 8 months in new American oak barrels. The wine shows a luscious mouthfeel with flavors of pear, vanilla and butterscotch and a long, smooth finish.



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Tasting Notes:

This medium- bodied Chardonnay has a rich, golden color and aromas and flavors of honey, graham, cinnamon and light floral notes, balanced by subtle oak, butter and vanilla from barrel aging. It has a round mouthfeel and a long, fruity finish.

Fermentation: Barrel fermented in French, American, Eastern European, and neutral oak. Aging: This wine was aged for 8 months in French, American, Eastern European, and neutral oak.

Dietary Information: Certified Sustainable

Closure: Cork

Aged 8 months in French Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.50
Total Acidity: 0.60 grams per liter

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