2010 Small Lot Eric’s Chardonnay
We affectionately call this wine “Big Daddy Eric’s 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, citrus, white peach and minerality.
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. The 92-acre Estate vineyard that makes Eric’s Chardonnay was first planted in 1884 with Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon brought by French grape grower, Louis Mel, to Livermore from Chateau d’ Yquem in Bordeaux. 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 tank.
The wine was aged for 4 months in stainless steel tank.