Christopher Sawyer "Sommelier to the Stars" Shines the Spotlight on E16 Chardonnay
As luck would have it, the same year Helen Bacigaulpi and her husband Charles sold the 14 tons of grapes to Chateau Montelena; the couple also began developing an exciting new Chardonnay vineyard on their Bloom Ranch property down the road. Today, a portion of the precious fruit from this elevated site is used to craft the E16 2013 Chardonnay.
With a lovely golden hue, this elegant wine starts off with tantalizing aromas of spring flowers, ripe stone fruit, lemon meringue, and roasted hazelnut. In the glass, instead of being big, ripe, sweet or too oaky; the wine is medium body, which allow the flavors to gracefully dance on the palate with bright notes of golden apple, peach, fresh citrus, quince, and hints of mineral, nutmeg, and other spicy nuances. As the wine opens up, these complex flavors are further complemented by a soft, suede-like texture and a burst of vibrant acidity leading to a long elegant finish. Generous, refreshing, and rewarding!
For food pairings, try this wine with creamy cheeses, soups, seared scallops, grilled fish, eggplant parmesan, roasted chicken, and thick pork chops. Score: 92 "Sommelier to the Stars" Christopher Sawyer @sawyersommelier
SF Chronicle Wine Competition Gold Medal Winners
E16 Wines were distinguished with Gold among the thousands of entries at this January's San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
. Hailed as the largest competition of American wines in the world, we've created a Triple Gold Flight
Gift Set to commemorate this accomplishment. With over 7,000 entries ranging from the independent, boutiques to large-scale wineries, this year's tasting brought out the best of the best.
Judged against a panel of peers, our 2013 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
took home a Gold. This tremendously, concentrated Pinot Noir gets its complex structure from the cool fog indigenous to the extreme north end of the Anderson Valley in which its grapes are grown. The result according Jim Gordon with Wine Enthusiast is a "gorgeous, deep dark fruit aroma...a concentrated, but not heavy black-cherry note...and a lingering finish." Our 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
was also awarded a Gold medal. Despite the low rainfall, the vines are strong and the quality of grapes exceptional, which contributed a great deal to the resulting wine's "crisp cherry fruit...tangy and pure juicy style and long, lively finish." (Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel Magazine).
Of course the spotlight shined especially bright on our 2013 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
with the panel judges unanimously awarding it a Gold, thereby earning it the Double Gold award in the competition. Old-school viticulture is truly the vineyards strength. Growing on a classic "California T" trellis, the grapes only receive filtered light so they gradually reach maturity and maintain their pure fruit character. This ultimately creates a wine that is "smooth and toasty with a core of tangy acidity; long showing oak, spice and balance." (Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel Magazine).
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