Born in the Midwest, to a large Irish family, wine did not play a role in Justin’s life while growing up. Milk was the beverage of choice at the dinner table, and the industrial beers of the Midwest, fueled family parties. He does not pinpoint a specific moment that his passion for wine was ignited but, instead, attributes it to a series of experiences, places visited, bottles opened and friendships forged. At this point in life, he can not imagine a life without the joys of all things wine! Times can change…
Argot 2019 Chardonnay Le Rayon Vert Sonoma
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WINERY NOTES: Le Rayon Vert, the phenomenon which occurs as the sun dips below the horizon, and a brilliant green flash occurs as sunlight prisms through Earth's atmosphere. Jules Verne wrote "a green which no artist could ever obtain on his palette” akin to the ethereal, green halo pedigreed Chardonnays radiate from the glass.
VINEYARD SOURCE: Two hillside sites—Richard Dinner and Steiner—that reside on the slopes of Sonoma Mountain. A powerful terroir whose wines deliver expansive fruit character, while retaining dazzling acidity and verve.
WINEMAKER NOTES: Le Rayon Vert sings from the glass like a freshly opened stick of Wrigley's gum. Both intense and vibrant, the full-bodied palate delivers Granny Smith apple and apricot fruits; confections of custard and sticky vanilla bean; and is animated by bursts of spearmint and pine forest. Brilliant stuff.
Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points: “There are a scant 250 cases of the 2019 Chardonnay Le Rayon-Vert, which hails from the Sonoma Mountain AVA and spent 14 months in 70% new French oak. It offers a lighter, grey-tinged gold hue as well as an old school nose of crushed citrus, tart peach, hazelnuts, crushed stone, and white flowers. Beautiful on the palate as well, it has a crisp, pure texture, some notable reduction, nicely integrated acidity, and outstanding length. It's a beautiful Chardonnay to enjoy over the coming 3-5 years. Give it a decant if drinking any time soon.”
Wine Spectator 94 Points: “Showcases well-knit apple, Asian pear and white currant flavors, with accents of dried mint and tarragon. Toasty in the midpalate, with a finish that lingers on and is marked by crushed stone.”
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