2010 Wente Chardonnay Morning Fog

Year: 2010
Appellation: Liverrmore Valley
Country: USA - California
Connoisseurs' Guide: 86
Wine Enthusiast: 89
White Wine
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"If far from being big and boldly expressive, this carefully crafted offering is fresh, nicely balanced and moderately fruity, and it effortlessly hits the Chardonnay mark. It is made in a rounded, squeaky clean style that invites immediate drinking, and it is a solidly successful offering at the price. GOOD VALUE Reviewed: June 2012" (CG)

"Crisp and refreshing, this is attractive with notes of fresh lemon, lime and pear from cooler-climate vineyards. It’s like a breath of fresh air, and it should pair beautifully with a wide range of meals." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Enjoy aromas and flavors of green apple and tropical fruits, balanced by subtle oak, cinnamon and vanilla from barrel aging. With a mouth-filling body and balanced acidity, this wine delivers a medium-long, refreshing finish.

Each summer morning, fog billows inland through the Golden Gate, pushed by Pacific wind streams into the bowl of the San Francisco Bay. Here, it forms deep fog banks that rest on the East Bay Hills. In just one place, the Livermore Valley, with its unique East-West orientation, the fog banks come further east, cooling the air as it goes. This daily phenomenon creates the Mediterranean or Marine climate found in less than 1% of the world’s land mass. And it makes the San Francisco Bay and Livermore Valley appellations ideal for growing wine grapes that are beautifully balanced. This Chardonnay, named Morning Fog, pays homage to this rare climate.

50% of this wine was barrel fermented in French oak, while the balance was fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the natural fruit flavors inherent in this Chardonnay.

The barrel fermented portion was aged sur lie for 7 months. Batonnage, the art of stirring the barrels, was performed monthly. The stainless steel portion was aged on lees for 7 months.

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