The whims of Mother Nature were on full display during the 2017 growing season…marked by ample winter rains, a mild spring, hail in June, and intermittent waves of summer heat. A third and final temperature spike in early September compelled a spirited pick from our hallmark block on Bald Mountain, with the end result being a delightfully delicious chardonnay displaying both richness and resolve. On the nose, the wine expresses notes of star jasmine and citrus, giving way to flavors that tempt the palate with a pleasing panoply of lemon candy, grapefruit zest, tropical fruit, and (wait for it…), a suggestion of bananas foster and crème brulée. Aged 17-months in 30% new French oak, the wine demonstrates a pleasingly light acidity to provide a refreshing counterpoint that balances the wine from start-to-finish. Teasingly inviting but refined in a way that memorable white burgundies can often be, the wine conjures up the dulcet tones of Fleetwood Mac’s sultry singer-songwriter, Christine McVie, who in her memorable hit, “You Make Loving Fun” compelled many of us who “never did believe in the ways of magic” to “…begin to wonder why.”
Bald Mountain, a neighbor of Mount Veeder, is situated in the Mayacamas Mountains on the western border of the Napa Valley. The south-facing vineyard sits at nearly 1600 feet above sea level, and offers stunning views of both the Sonoma and Napa Valleys, as well as of Marin’s Mt. Tamalpais to the south. Cool sunshine is abundant throughout the growing season, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly while varietal character evolves completely.
Bursting with aromatics of ripe passion fruit and citrusy flavors. Finishes well with smooth peachy sweetness and lingering fresh acidity. Predominately from Comely Bank vineyard, Waihopai Valley Road, in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley. Grapes are pressed and the juice gel floated and inoculated. Cool fermented, then when the wine is deemed in balance the ferment is stopped, the wine is then cold stabilized filtered and bottled.
⋅2018v – 92pts Wine Spectator
This new world, oak mellowed Chardonnay is light & bright yet smooth & buttery. Au Jus exudes a creamy texture with flavors of stone fruit, pear, dried apricot and vanilla, balanced by traces of citrus and pineapple. It is full of personality.
SABER’s art titled “Drip.” This work, with its bright buttery golden hue reflects the very nature of this Chardonnay.
Translated from French, Au Jus literally means “with juice” and has come to be interpreted as a “sauce” or “a natural way to enrich a dish“.
⋅ 93pts – 2018 Harvest Challenge
⋅ Gold Medal SF Chronicle Competition
⋅ 89pts Wine Enthusiast – 2017 Vintage
Bright and floral nose toasted brioche, lemon oil and pastry. Lush and round with playful touches of oak throughout, it wraps around the palate with bursts of kiwi, passion fruit, and underlined lemon pith. Destinata is made from barrels selected from the Amor Fati blocks and made specifically to pair with a variety of cuisine.
Ripe notes of pineapple, red apple and meyer lemon are enhanced with toasty oak, vanilla bean, marzipan, and peach. The palate opens with a fantastically weighty mouthfeel with rich flavors of pineapple juice, apple peel and blanched almonds with a creamy complexity balanced with a lemon pith-like structure. The finish streamlines with zesty acidity, giving this rich wine a clean and refreshing finish loaded with stone. Smuggle this bottle into a movie theater for that Rom-Com to pair with a bucket of popcorn. Or better yet, drink two bottles, watch the Notebook and have a good cry.
Heady aromas of citrus fruits, melon and white peach lead to bright tropical fruit flavours on the palate with a refreshing acidity. On the finish there is a hint of vanilla and cashew nut from partial new French oak barrel maturation. Grand Barossa Chardonnay displays all the delicacy, elegance and finesse that can be achieved from this noble variety.
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This 100% Chardonnay opens with aromas of green apple, pear and peaches. These aromas follow through to the palate, along with citrus and mineral notes. The wine is crisp and clean, with a hint of creaminess on the mid palate and a long, lingering finish.
Colour: Golden yellow with bright greenish hue
Nose: very intense, fruity bouquet; the nose reveals aromas of ripe banana, tropical fruit and a hint of floral notes
Flavour: smooth and elegant. Tropical fruit flavors weave together in a nice range of flavors that linger on the palate ending with a long, fruity aftertaste.
Pairings: It matches well-structured first courses, rich flavoured fish, mixed boiled meat and mouldy cheeses.
Fragrant aromas of zesty lemon with notes of honeysuckle and white grapefruit are immediately evident, followed by a pleasing mineral character and a touch of toasted brioche. On the palate, it is fresh and lively with pronounced citrus tones and hints of white peach and apricot. The silky, smooth texture that reflects a deft hand in winemaking and the long, seamless finish completes beautiful Chardonnay.
• 90 Points – Wine Advocate