In 1883, C. H. Wente, a first-generation immigrant from Germany, purchased 47 acres in the Livermore Valley . Recognizing that the warm days, cool nights and gravelly soils of the Livermore Valley were ideal for growing grapes, he planted vines and founded Wente Vineyards. Over 130 years later, Wente Family Estates continue to be family owned and operated by the fourth and fifth generation Wente’s.
Wente Estate Grown “Morning Fog” Chardonnay is named after the morning coastal fog pushed by Pacific breezes that streams into the bowl of the San Francisco Bay, and then inland because of the Livermore Valley’s unique East-West orientation. This daily phenomenon moderates the climate to produce excellent, beautifully balanced Chardonnay.
Produced from a variety of clones, which are all harvested and vinified separately, the variation within the vineyards adds to the complexity of the wine.
50% of this wine was barrel fermented in French, American and Eastern European oak. The other 50% was fermented in stainless steel tanks in order to preserve the natural fruit flavours inherent in Chardonnay.
The barrel fermented portion was aged sur lie for 7 months. Bâtonnage, the art of stirring the barrels, was performed monthly. This adds a creamy note to the wine and greatly enhances the texture. Of the remaining 50% of the stainless steel portion, half was aged on lees for 7 months while the other half was racked clean to preserve the fresh fruit characters.
Crisp flavours of green apple and tropical fruit, balanced by vanilla and a touch of toasty oak from barrel ageing. With a mouth-filling body and balanced acidity, this wine delivers a medium-long, refreshing finish.
Established in 1969, Cuvaison produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown exclusively on its estate vineyard in the heart of the world-renowned region of Carneros in Napa Valley. Cooled by fog from the San Pablo Bay, the rolling hills of this certified sustainable estate have produced distinctive Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for over 30 years.
The Estate Chardonnay is blended from 44 different blocks of the Carneros estate vineyard. Each block is vinified separately with barrel fermentation adding a creamy intensity. Partial malolactic fermentation gives the wine extra structure and supporting acidity and minerality. After blending the wine is aged for 8 months in French oak barriques, a third of which are new.
“The Estate Chardonnay displays lovely aromatics of honeysuckle, lily, acacia blossom and clove spice. Upon tasting this wine, it demonstrates a charming mix of white peach, apricot, nectarine and lime zest all tied to a bright, long, refreshing finish.” – Winemaker, Steve Rogstad
Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate winery is nestled in Mendocino County’s cool, fog-shrouded Anderson Valley. As the Californian outpost of Champagne Louis Roederer, Quartet builds upon a centuries-old tradition of fine winemaking and has established a reputation as one of California’s premier sparklers.
There are four distinct vineyards on the estate – hence the name Quartet – from which all the grapes are sourced.
The grapes are the same as used in Champagne – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
100% estate grown, the blend comprises 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir – the opposite proportions from those used in Roederer’s NV Champagne, Brut Premier.
Quartet is crisp and elegant with complex pear, spice and hazelnut flavours. It is fresh and lightly fruity with great finesse and depth of flavour.
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