Wente Vineyards Chardonnay Livermore Valley 2009
We were surprised at the depth, taste structure and fullness of this wine given its price. While the bouquet is evidently traditional Chardonnay, the taste is fruit forward with a slimmer of oak throughout. My wife compared this to a $40-50 wine we recently tasted. At below $20 this is a bargain and one we'll be drinking again. Slice the cheese!
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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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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.
|Alcohol: 13.5%||pH: 3.5|
|Total Acidity: 0.6 grams per liter|