94 Points -
"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
True to its Carneros roots, the 2017 Sevens Bench Chardonnay carries the hallmark of the region – fruit intensity balanced by and good acidity. The aromas are driven by classic lemon drop, Meyer lemon, and lemongrass. That fruit style follows in the flavors, with the citrus focus carrying through with candied lemon drop balanced by the mineral and flint characters inherent to the region and the clonal selections. Barrel fermentation notes in the background add even more complexity to this elegant wine.
2017 93 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous, April 2020
2017 93 points L.P.-B., Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, February 2020
2016 94 points L.P.-B., Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, October 2018
2015 91-93 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous, March 2017
Vineyard & Vintage Character
Intensive farming and low yields are the foundations of our Carneros Chardonnay offering. The two blocks farmed for this wine are on a bench with classic Haire clay loam soils, and on a ridge at a 200-foot elevation. This block is part of an uplifted riverbed, which allows good drainage in the traditional clay based soils of the region. The name Sevens Bench is derived from our historical name for our Carneros Pinot Noir and one of the two clones planted on our blocks: Clone 27 (Mount Eden). The other field selections are Calaera, Batto and Entav 809.
Oak: 100% French oak, 27% new
Time in oak: 17 months
TA: 5.5 g/L
Cases produced: 283
No fining or filtration