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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.