2009 Sean Minor Chardonnay (Four Bears)

Year: 2009
Appellation: Central Coast
Country: USA - California
White Wine
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"Sean Minor is making some exceptional wine at prices so low I literally don’t know how he does it. I say “he” because, yes, Sean Minor is actually a real person. His Cabernet took the under $15 Value of the Year award on this blog and deserves every bit of a 90 point rating (it received a still very impressive 87 from Wine Spectator).

Mr. Minor has impressed me again with his value priced Chardonnay- an absolute steal at $8.99. That’s steal not steel, as this Chardonnay shows the trademark buttery texture and toasty flavors of malolactic fermentation and oak aging. That said, it’s not over the top, and strikes me as very balanced in both acidity and texture. Sort of like an apple dipped in honey.

Sean and his staff at Four Bears Winery have produced an impressive product that effectively articulates everything this blog is about: high quality wine at value prices. More importantly Sean is doing a great job marketing and promoting his wines from the ground up by posting a thank you on this blog after our review of his Cabernet, and personally responding to every message on the company’s Facebook wall. Some other larger (and likely less profitable) wineries should take note. Well done Sean!" (Nickel & Dime)

Winery Notes:
Tasting Notes:
Our Central Coast Chardonnay displays aromas of peach, green apples and tropical nuances. On the entry, the wine is soft with green apple, white peach and pineapple notes. The mid-palate displays subtle oak nuances which evolve into a hint of minerality and continue into a lingering clean finish.

Winemaking Notes:
Our Chardonnay fruit was 100% whole-cluster pressed to minimize astringency from the skins and immediately racked to stainless steel. Once settled, a portion was fermented in small French oak barrels while the remaining lot was left in stainless steel tanks to ferment. The slow and cool fermentation allowed the wine to develop a balance of ripe tropical fruit flavors and crisp apple and mineral nuances. Once primary fermentation was completed, a portion of the wine went through malo-lactic fermentation which softened the wine and provided a perfect balance.