We affectionately call this wine “Big Daddy Eric’s Chablis-style Chardonnay”. Unlike
many “buttery” Chardonnays, this old-world style Chardonnay is fermented and aged in stainless steel
rather than oak, and does not undergo malolactic fermentation, creating a great balance between fruit
and acidity. Enjoy fresh, crisp aromas and flavors of bright green apple, pear and citrus. …
Wine Color: White
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: 100% Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay
Winemaker: Karl D. Wente
Acid: 0.64 g/100 mL
Residual Sugar: Dry
Wente Vineyards was the first California winery to produce a wine labeled with
the varietal name Chardonnay in 1936. Today, many of the great Chardonnay vineyards in
California are planted with the Wente Clone. Our 92-acre Estate vineyard was first planted in
1884 with Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon cuttings that French grape grower, Louis Mel, brought
to Livermore from Chateau d’ Yquem in Bordeaux. Near the turn of the century, Chardonnay
was also planted on the ranch, which has recently been replanted with various Chardonnay
clones. The vineyards are planted in a combination of Livermore gravel (rocky soil with
excellent drainage) in the flatlands, and a slightly richer gravel soil on the sloping hillside. All of
the vineyards are sustainably farmed and hand-harvested in the early morning hours.
The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks.
The wine was aged in stainless steel.