"Chassagne-Montrachet-like notes of white flowers, crushed chalk, toasted brioche, honeyed orchard fruits, and a liquid rock-like minerality all emerge from the 2017 Chardonnay Far Coast Vineyard. A beautifully balanced, elegant white from this estate, it builds on the palate, showing a distinct salinity, medium to full-bodied richness, bright acidity, and a great, clean, blockbuster styled finish. This is pure class and just a complete, gorgeous Chardonnay to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years or more." - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, May 2020
"Another release from the cooler, Green Valley region of the Russian River Valley, the 2017 Chardonnay Three Jacks Vineyard comes from vines planted in 1995 (clones: old Wente, Rued, Dijon 95 and Clone 15) and was fermented and aged in one-third new French oak. Baked apples, toasted bread, spice, honeycomb, and caramelized pineapple notes all dominate the bouquet, and this beauty has a touch of Meursault-like style in its rich, powerful, waxy, honeyed profile. Balanced and textured, with good acidity and a great finish, it's another seriously good Chardonnay from this estate to drink over the following 7-8 years." - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, May 2020
"More brioche, honeysuckle, pineapple, and caramelized citrus notes all emerge from the 2018 Chardonnay Four Hearts Vineyards, which is beautifully balanced, medium to full-bodied, and textured on the palate. It shows the more supple, easygoing style of the vintage for Chardonnay yet still has beautiful freshness, good concentration, and a great finish." - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, May 2020
A new wine from this vintage coming from a vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills, the 2017 Chardonnay Radian Vineyard reveals an alluring nose of honey-drizzled peaches, baked apricots, honeydew melon, and warm pineapples with touches of brioche, toasted almonds, and nutmeg. Full-bodied and rich, with a gorgeous oiliness to the texture, it has a racy backbone giving lift to all that decadent fruit, finishing long and toasty. – Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, Feb. 2020
"Hearty and robust, this wine tastes of tropical honey, brioche and caramel. Thickly concentrated, it retains enough acidity to balance and complement the richness, deftly represented by a lasting character of lemon meringue." - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, October 2020
The Seascape Vineyard Chardonnay shows keen acidity with Meyer lemon and exotic floral aromas backed by subtle saline nuances. These complex aromatics are complemented by chamomile, Mandarin orange, and key lime flavors, with a lingering finish of green apple and underlying mineral flavors—a truly unique expression of terroir along the western edge of Sonoma County.
This single-vineyard bottling from one of our most well-known estate vineyards offers aromas of white peach, spiced pears, orange blossom, hazelnuts, and crushed rocks. Stone fruit, nectarine, and tangelo flavors are counterbalanced with a flinty, textural finish.
"From the Russian River and a windy, cool vineyard near Sebastopol, the 2017 Chardonnay Jennifer's (100% old Wente clone) was fermented and aged 16 months in 30% new French oak. It's one of the more dense, concentrated wines in the lineup and offers gorgeous caramelized pineapple, flower oil, chalky minerality, brioche, and lemon curd-like aromas and flavors. Rich, full-bodied, and concentrated, it packs an incredible amount of intensity yet still stays chiseled, elegant, and focused on the palate, with incredible length. It's a stunning wine in every sense..." - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, May 2020
"Intensely flavored and full-bodied in style, this wine shows golden oak, honey, and flint, with a floral earthiness throughout. Fig, pear, and quince dance around the opulence and texture, as forest mushroom and a touch of spice tease on the finish" - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, October 2020