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There was a man named Ernest. He was an entrepreneur, a risk-taker and a role model for his grandson, Todd Gottula, who founded the Ernest Winery with his wife, Erin Brooks, back in 2012.  Todd’s grandmother, Joanne, is The Artist in the family. Her path as an artist revealed itself later in life, but her talent shines through. Today her beautiful works grace their lives daily—she is the source of the portrait of Ernest that appears on all of the Ernest bottles. Todd’s maternal grandfather, Ray, joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. Inside the family, they called him “The Engineer”. After returning to the U.S., Ray joined the team that built the Saturn V rocket that took us to the moon. He always had the big picture in mind.

2018 Ernest Winery Aligoté “The Aviator” Henry David Bennett Valley
GGWC 39.99
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The 2018 The Aviator Aligoté has delicate scents of white peach and matcha powder with earthy notions of hay and beeswax. The light-bodied palate is crisp and textural, with restrained fruits and a juicy finish. 135 cases produced.

Winery Notes: “Bright and clear, hinting at white gold in color, with an exuberant nose of orchard blossoms, Meyer lemon, and abundant minerality. Refreshingly light on the palate with citrus, textural apple, a hint of fresh herbs & bright acidity.”

Vinous 93 Points: “The Ernest Aligoté Henry David Vineyard, from a site in Bennett Valley, is fabulous. This relatively warm, sunny, hillside site yields an Aligoté built on texture. Even so, there is plenty of the energy that makes this Burgundian variety so compelling. Lemon oil, almond, white flowers and mint shape the super-expressive finish. The wine was aged in neutral French oak, with full malolactic fermentation. This is such a delicious wine and another terrific example of how stellar the year is for whites.”  

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