Neyers Chardonnay Carneros 2017
93 POINTS - SOMM Journal "Subtle but irresistible aromas of pear and white flowers persist on the palate, along with lemon, quince, tangerine blossom, and defined salinity. Italian herbs show on the finish." - M.M. 92 POINTS - Wine Spectator “Refined and refreshing, with lively green pear, apple and citrus flavors, powered by zesty acidity. Quince paste and dried savory notes show on the finish.” - K.M.
Shot-Wente” is an heirloom Chardonnay selection. It developed naturally in the Wente Brothers Livermore Valley vine nursery in the early 1930’s. The clusters are smaller than normal for Chardonnay—as are the individual grapes—giving them increased skin surface relative to the juice. That enhanced ratio makes the wine especially flavorful, so despite the small yields the selection was popular with California winemakers in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. It is now making a comeback in popularity, as it has shown a resistance to several new diseases that afflict vines that were developed through clonal breeding. Our winemaker, Tadeo, has done much to improve even further the quality of the Neyers Carneros District Chardonnay since our first vintage 25 years ago