2012 Carneros Chardonnay
91 points- Wine Enthusiast
88 points- Wine Spectator
Platinum Medal, 99 points- 2014 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 92 points- 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Gold Medal- 2014 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition
Gold Medal- 2014 San Diego International Wine Competition
Silver Medal, 90 points- 2014 California State Fair Wine Competition
Bronze Medal- 2014 Florida State Fair Wine Competition
This luxurious chardonnay has deep yellow, almost straw color with hints of light gold. The aromas soar from the glass upon first swirl. Initial essences of Meyer lemon, vanilla bean and poached pear show through, followed by a wisp of creme brulee. The wine has a nice, smooth mouth feel with plenty of balancing acids that carry along flavors of green apple, melon and cream. This chardonnay will pair wonderfully with any light fish or fowl.
The 2012 growing season was a winemakers dream with near perfect conditions throughout the entire season. Continuous warm weather without any hot spells allowed the fruit to ripen fully. The mild temperatures gave the grapes an extended ripening time, which provided for full flavor development and incredible balance. The grapes for this wine were picked ripe and then gently pressed. After settling the juice, it was inoculated and fermented in barrel until dry. The wine went through 50% malo-lactic fermentation to enhance the rich and supple texture. The chardonnay was left on its settlings and stirred every two weeks to help give a creamy mouth feel. Bottled in July 2013, this wine drinks wonderfully now and should continue to develop for the next 3-5 years.
The grapes for this wine come from Leveroni Vineyards, just south of the town of Sonoma, from an old block of Wente clone vines planted in the early 1970’s.
Gold Medal- 2013 Indy International Wine Competition
2011 Carneros Chardonnay
This inviting chardonnay has a yellow, golden honey hue that speaks to its crispness. The nose boasts caramelized fig, golden pear, honey and citrus and with just a hint of minerality. Upon tasting, you will find integrated apple and pear fruits accompanied by creamy citrus and mineral notes. As the wine migrates to the mid and back palate you get clean, crisp acid flowing into a citrus and lightly toasty caramel finish that lingers nicely.
The 2011 growing season was challenging for many regions throughout the West Coast due to the cool weather and early rains. That being said, it worked very well in our Carneros vineyard where we achieved 23Brix and perfect acid levels for our style of chardonnay.
The grapes for this wine come from Leveroni Vineyards, just south of the town of Sonoma, from an old block of Wente clone vines planted in the early 1970’s. They were picked ripe and then gently pressed. After settling the juice, it was inoculated and fermented in barrel until dry. Malo-lactic fermentation was allowed to finish halfway, and then stopped to maintain the crispness while still being approachable. The chardonnay was left on its settlings and stirred every two weeks to help give a creamy mouth feel. Just before bottling, the wine was heat and cold stabilized and filtered into the bottle.
2010 Leo Carneros Chardonnay
Just as Jeff and Ingrid had named the 2007 vintage after their daughter- Ella Sofia, they have dedicated the 2010 wines in celebration of their son Leo, born August 9 of that year.
The 2010 growing season in Carneros was relatively cool and slow, keeping the grapes for this Chardonnay in great form and allowing them to develop their full flavor while achieving the desired sugar-to-acid ratios. The grapes were hand-picked cold. After whole-cluster pressing, the juice was racked into barrels and fermented at 55 degrees. After Malo-Lactic fermentation was stopped, which lends to more of a fresh style of Chardonnay, the wine was aged on the lees and stirred every two weeks for the remaining months in oak.
On the nose, the Leo Chardonnay displays aromas of fresh citrus and warm butterscotch. A bright acidity gives rise to notes of lemon cream and golden apple on the palate and is lightly kissed with oak. Pair this lovely Chardonnay with a light pork dish or some buttery fish. Drink now through 2015.
118 cases produced. Release date: April 2, 2012.
Total Acidity: 6.4 g/L
Barrel Aging: 9 months in 25% new French Oak,
75% 2-3 year French Oak
2008 Carneros Chardonnay
This Jeff Gordon Carneros Chardonnay comes from vineyards located on the Sonoma County side of Carneros, just south of the town of Sonoma. The grapes come from an old block of Wente clone vines planted in the early 1970s. This is our third vintage of chardonnay from this cool weather growing region. We are very excited about the quality of this wine, despite the limited crop of that year.
The wine has a brilliant, golden straw color. With aromas of pineapple, honey, and caramel this wine ends with notes of toasty oak and vanilla. The wine is nicely balanced with a rich, thick mouth-feel. Crisp and bright, with flavors of pear and green apple, this wine mixes mild oak flavors with a nice mineral-like finish. This is a great food wine that will complement a wide variety of dishes. Pair it with a medium-sauced fish or chicken dish. A date on the front porch matched with a nice cheese would be great as well!
These grapes were hand-picked into ½ ton bins and delivered to the winery first thing in the morning. To preserve the freshness of fruit flavors and reduce extraction of bitterness, the clusters were chilled to 45° F. The grapes were then gently whole-cluster pressed, cold settled, inoculated with yeast, and racked to barrels for fermentation. Barrels used were 30% new oak from the Allier forest of France, the remainder being 2-3 year old French barrels. After completion of primary fermentation in the barrel, the wine was inoculated with a malo-lactic culture. The barrels were stirred and topped every other week as the wine was aged on its lees for 9 months prior to bottling.
248 cases produced. Release date: April 4, 2011.
2007 Ella Sofia Carneros Chardonnay
89 points- John Jonna, Wine Review for Car & Driver
87 points- KensWineGuide.com
Silver Medal- 2010 American Wine Society Competition
Bronze Medal- 2010 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Bronze Medal- 2010 Indy International Wine Competition