This comes from more than 20-year-old vines that are farmed by the Ulises Valdez family and planted 75% to Old Wente and 25% to Robert Young clone. It was barrel fermented and aged for 18 months in 100% Burgundian oak, 50% new. It went through 100% malolactic. The Chardonnay UV Vineyard reveals lovely ripe pears, fresh nectarines and green guava notes with hints of orange blossoms, honeycomb and shaved almonds plus a touch of nutmeg. Medium to full-bodied, that palate has a beautiful satiny texture and loads of expressive stone fruit and tropical flavors, finishing long and spicy.
Carte Blanche 2018 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
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Winemaker Notes: This infamous vineyard, owned and farmed by the one and only, Ulises Valdez, is home to the longtime prized clones of Wente and Robert Young Chardonnay. The wine is comprised of both clones, 75% Wente and 25% Robert Young, providing everything we love about Chardonnay – depth, weight, finesse, brightness – all fittingly strung together in seamless harmony. The vineyard is six miles from the Pacific Ocean and contains a unique mix of sand and clay – the “Sebastopol Clays.” The 2018 UV Vineyard Chardonnay lures you in with a seductive nose of roasted hazelnut, brioche, lemon curd, Asian pear, white lily and baked pastry crust. An ultra-silky entry, a beam of acidity carries through to the finish. Plush and broad, this wine shows layers of white flowers, lemon curd, pastry flour, toasted hazelnut, and honey in an everlasting finish. 200 cases produced.
Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points: “These Carte Blanche releases are made by the incredibly talented Helen Keplinger. Her Chardonnay UV Vineyard offers a beautiful stone fruit and citrus quality as well as more Chablis-like minerality, oyster shell and fresh cream notes. Beautifully balanced, incredibly pure, and vibrant on the palate, it’s a no brainer purchase that’s up with the crème de la crème of Chardonnay from California. It will keep for over a decade.”
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