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Bogle Chardonnay 2017 (1x 75cl)

Though the Bogle family has been farming in the Clarksburg region for six generations, their involvement in the wine business spans back 50 years. In addition to passing down a strong work ethic and dedication to quality, the success of Bogle over the years is rooted in the day-to-day involvement of the Bogle family. The family takes great pride in making wines of exceptional character and quality. From vineyard to bottle, the highest standards are set, in order to create a wine that overdelivers each and every time.

To see an excellent tasting / information sheet from Bogle themselves, please click on the blue link below.

Bogle Chardonnay 2017 - fiche technique

£14.05

Bogle Viognier 2016 (1x75cl)

Appetizing display of luscious aromas with fresh apricot and pear fruit tang on the palate. Balanced by the clean, floral tones of honeysuckle blooms and orange blossoms, this wine was fermented cold in stainless steel tanks to allow the varietal character to shine.

£15.35

De Loach Heritage Reserve Chardonnay 2016 (1x75cl)

Note: the 'Heritage Reserve' series is increasingly termed the 'California' series by De Loach.

The winery and vineyards were originally owned and run by the Cecil and Christine De Loach. In 2003, the family run Burgundian estate Jean-Claude Boisset purchased De Loach and brought the focus back to the estate's original high quality winemaking philosophy, with specific emphasis on small lot winemaking, particularly of Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley. The winery's 17-acre estate vineyard has been completely restored and converted to organic and biodynamic viticulture, a tradition upheld by many foremost Burgundian vineyards. The De Loach estate vineyards are certified organic by CCOF.

For the Heritage Reserve series, Russian River Valley wines are combined with those from selected premier cool-climate growing regions in California, particularly the Central Coast, to produce an approachable, good value range. De Loach practices sustainable viticulture and minimally intrustive winemaking.

The majority of the must was cool fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures. The remaining fruit was barrel-fermented, which produced a more richly textured wine. These wines were then blended together to produce a balanced, textured wine displaying the pure fruit character of the Chardonnay grape. After blending, one third of the wine was aged in small French oak barrels for five months. Also, 20% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation adding to the textural complexity.

The 2016 California Chardonnay displays nicely integrated notes of green figs and creamy vanilla that intertwine perfectly with tropical flavours of pineapple, papaya and mango. Immediately enjoyable, this wine is delightfully balanced with a bright acidity and is soft with a long finish.

Please click the blue link below to see a full technical/tasting note for this wine from De Loach themselves.

De Loach Heritage Reserve/California Chardonnay 2016 - fiche technique

£14.55

De Loach Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2015 (1x75cl)

GOLD - Sommelier Wine Awards 2018.

The winery and vineyards were originally owned and run by the Cecil and Christine De Loach. In 2003, the family run Burgundian estate Jean-Claude Boisset purchased De Loach and brought the focus back to the estate's original high quality winemaking philosophy, with specific emphasis on small lot winemaking, particularly of Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley. The winery's 17-acre estate vineyard has been completely restored and converted to organic and biodynamic viticulture, a tradition upheld by many foremost Burgundian vineyards. The De Loach estate vineyards are certified organic by CCOF.

The cool, foggy Russian River Valley climate allows for slow ripening, ideal for Chardonnay to develop full flavour maturation. The fruit was hand harvested from select sites in the heart of the valley including the Boriolo and BCD vineyards, as well as from the Norris and Wallace vineyards nestled in the Chalk Hill region.

The juice was fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks (20%) and French oak barrels (80%), of which 20% were new. The barrel-fermented portion of wine was aged for nine months and achieved full malolactic conversion. These techniques contributed to an intricately layered and delicately nuanced wine.

Beautifully pale straw yellow in colour, the nose of this Chardonnay immediately entices you with its rich aromas of key lime, white peach and baked apple pie. It shines in spritzy, vibrant acidity that supports a medium-bodied frame of lemon zest, kumquat and plenty of length, dotted in touches of nutmeg.

Please click the blue link below to see a full tasting note for this wine from De Loach themselves.

De Loach Russian River Chardonnay 2015 - fiche technique

£20.25

Far Niente Chardonnay 2016 (1x75cl)

See also the techical note from the producer (click blue link below).

Far Niente Chardonnay 2016 - fiche technique

Far Niente, one of the earliest stone wineries, derives its name from the Italian phrase "Dolce Far Niente" (how sweet it is to do nothing). It was founded in 1885 and flourished until prohibition. Abandoned for over 60 years, the winery was purchased in 1979 by Gil Nickel. He started the long process of restoring it. Far Niente's quest to produce outstanding wines of distinctive character has led them to a philosophy that requires vineyard ownership. Today, they own 200 acres (3 different vineyard sites) of what many regard as some of the finest vineyard land in the Napa Valley.

Far Niente Chardonnay is a blend of superlative Napa Valley vineyards, many of which are located in a little-known area called Coombsville, a cool growing region nestled in the rolling countryside and protected by the hills east of the city of Napa. Coombsville offers the characteristic climate of Carneros, with less wind, along with deeper, well-drained gravelly loam and volcanic ash soils. The combination of these spectacular vineyards results in the subtle, tropical flavours, complex aromas and uncommon richness that we have long associated with Far Niente Chardonnay.

The hand harvested grapes were brought to the winery in small bins and sorted by hand to assure the finest quality. Fermentation began in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and then racked into a high percentage of new French Burgundy oak barrels to complete the fermentation in the caves and old stone cellars. The wine was aged for nine months on its fine lees for additional depth, complexity and texture. The maturation took place in French oak barrels (61% new, 39% used once).

This is a beautifully and richly textured elegant wine with floral notes, combined with fresh butter and balanced oak through to a wonderfully long and white pepper finish. This wine opens with delicate aromas of citrus blossom, honeydew melon, pear, flint and toasted almonds. The palate is silky with pear and citrus flavours. Refreshing acidity leads to a juicy finish, layered with toasted oak.

£57.55

Gnarly Head Authentic White 2011 (1x 75cl)

Gnarly Head wines began with a vision and a vine. In 2004, on a mission to make a serious Zinfandel, their winemakers journeyed to Lodi in central California in search of the famed old vine Zinfandel vineyards. Grown in the head-trained, spur-pruned method for over a century, these vigorous gnarled vines produced more ripened red fruit than they had ever seen. They took it as a challenge to create the biggest, boldest Zinfandel they had ever made. The result was authentic, structured wines with a hint of something unexpected. Something Gnarly. However,  Zinfandel is not the only grape that can be Gnarly. Their winemakers select grapes from some of the best vineyards in Northern California to produce a variety of wines in the house style - big and juicy. These wines are the perfect compliment to life's bold moments.

All of the grapes are harvested in the early morning hours so that they remained cool and were delivered immediately to the winery to be pressed off the skins and into fermenters. To preserve the delicate fruit character of each varietal, the wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation nor was it oak aged.

Authentic White is a blend of tasty white varietals including Riesling, Moscato, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. It is lush and juicy on the palate with aromas of pear, green apple and honeysuckle and flavors of melon, nectarine and crisp lemon zest finish.

£15.25

J Lohr Estates Arroyo Vista Chardonnay 2016 (1x 75cl)

Jerry’s instincts led him to two regions located about 75 miles apart. In the early 1970s, he chose Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco district for its cool, windy climate and rocky soils as ideal for Chardonnay. In the 1980s, he recognized the potential of Paso Robles for growing Bordeaux varietals, especially Cabernet Sauvignon – given the area’s rich soils and dramatic diurnal temperature swings between warm days and cool nights.

J Lohr Vineyards & Wines now includes more than 1,300 acres of cool-climate estate vineyards in the Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands regions of Monterey County, with an emphasis on Chardonnay, Riesling, Valdiguié and Pinot Noir. J Lohr farms over 2,300 acres of vineyards in Paso Robles, now recognized as one of the world’s best spots for Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux and Rhone varietals. Nearly all the red wines in the J. Lohr portfolio come from here, affirming the foresight of Jerry’s original vision.

From this rich and diverse palette of sustainably farmed estate fruit, J Lohr crafts wines showcasing bold, concentrated flavors and a vibrant sense of place. 

Founded five decades ago and still family-owned and operated today, J Lohr Vineyards & Wines has established itself as one of the industry’s most respected wine brands. Jerry Lohr’s remarkable career continues in close, hands-on partnership with his children and co-owners Steve, Cynthia and Lawrence. One of America’s favorite wineries is poised for its next exciting, pioneering chapter.

J Lohr's wine information sheets are some of the best we see, so we'll hand you directly to them for the full details of the Arroyo Vista Chardonnay 2016.

J Lohr Estates Arroyo Vista Chardonnay 2016 - fiche technique

£21.00

J Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay 2016 (1x 75cl)

Jerry’s instincts led him to two regions located about 75 miles apart. In the early 1970s, he chose Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco district for its cool, windy climate and rocky soils as ideal for Chardonnay. In the 1980s, he recognized the potential of Paso Robles for growing Bordeaux varietals, especially Cabernet Sauvignon – given the area’s rich soils and dramatic diurnal temperature swings between warm days and cool nights.

J Lohr Vineyards & Wines now includes more than 1,300 acres of cool-climate estate vineyards in the Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands regions of Monterey County, with an emphasis on Chardonnay, Riesling, Valdiguié and Pinot Noir. J Lohr farms over 2,300 acres of vineyards in Paso Robles, now recognized as one of the world’s best spots for Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux and Rhone varietals. Nearly all the red wines in the J. Lohr portfolio come from here, affirming the foresight of Jerry’s original vision.

From this rich and diverse palette of sustainably farmed estate fruit, J Lohr crafts wines showcasing bold, concentrated flavors and a vibrant sense of place. 

Founded five decades ago and still family-owned and operated today, J Lohr Vineyards & Wines has established itself as one of the industry’s most respected wine brands. Jerry Lohr’s remarkable career continues in close, hands-on partnership with his children and co-owners Steve, Cynthia and Lawrence. One of America’s favorite wineries is poised for its next exciting, pioneering chapter.

J Lohr's wine information sheets are some of the best we see, so we'll hand you directly to them for the full details of the Riverstone 2016.

J Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay 2016 - fiche technique

£15.75

Truchard Chardonnay 2016 (1x75cl)

The Truchard family's wine tradition began in the U.S. over a century ago in 1887 when the Truchard winery was founded just outside Houston. Since 1973, when Tony and Jo Ann bought the present Truchard estate, it has grown to 400 acres, of which 280 acres are planted. After selling their grapes to premier wineries for 15 years, the Truchards began producing their own wines in 1989 to great acclaim. To accommodate the winery’s increased production, in 1998, they added an 11,000-square-foot wine cave to the premises.

We can do no better here than to direct you to the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Truchard Chardonnay 2016 - fiche technique

£26.65

Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2016 (1x75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2017 edition review of Top 40 Californian Wines Under £40 (see blue link below).

Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2016 - Sept 2017 Decanter review

The Morning Fog Chardonnay is named for the morning coastal fog pushed by Pacific wind streams into the bowl of the San Francisco Bay and lured inland by Livermore Valley’s unique EastWest orientation. This daily phenomenon moderates the climate to produce excellent, beautifully balanced Chardonnay.

Planted on various Wente clones, each vineyard block is farmed and harvested separately which maximizes quality and adds an elegant complexity to the wine. Nearly 80% of the Chardonnay vineyards in California are planted with the Wente clone. An almost microscopic proportion - less then 2% - of Gewurztraminer is also used.

This wine is fermented in 50% neutral American oak barrels and 50% in stainless steel tanks. The oak provides hints of vanilla and enhances the mouthfeel; the steel preserves the naturally vibrant fruit flavors inherent in this Chardonnay. The barrel fermented portion was aged sur lie (on its lees/fermenting yeast) for 5 months; batonnage, the art of stirring the barrels, was performed monthly. This adds a creamy note to the wine and greatly enhances the texture. From the remaining 50% stainless steel portion, half was aged on its lees for 5 months, while the other half was racked clean to preserve the fresh fruit character.

Bright, crisp flavors of pear, melon, citrus and green apple are balanced by subtle hints of toasty oak and vanilla from the barrel aging. With mouth-filling body, lingering minerality and balanced acidity, this wine delivers a long, refreshing finish.

£15.75
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