2006 Bonterra Chardonnay
Wine Category: Chardonnay
Grape blend: Chardonnay, with light touches of Viognier, Roussanne, & Muscat
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 120,000
KWG Score: 88.8 (based on 5 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88.25)
Review date: September 1, 2008
Wine Review: If you are looking for a tasty organic Chard, this may be one for you. This light yellow wine opens with a cantaloupe like bouquet with hints of apples and apricot. On the palate, this full bodied wine is well balanced, creamy, with integrated acidity. It shows nice complexity as its flavor profile progresses from rich lemon to pineapple. The finish is dry and really pleasant. The panel felt this wine would be a nice match with chicken picatta. Enjoy - KWGTP
Winemaker Notes: Our Chardonnay has firmly adopted a style some describe as International, with less oak aging and a deliberate attempt to emphasize the freshness and crispness of our stellar organic fruit from Mendocino County. Most of the grapes for Bonterra’s Chardonnay are harvested along a 12-mile corridor near the banks of the Russian River, and year after year offer characteristic green apple, baked apple, pear and citrus notes in the wine. There’s a touch of vanilla from the dollop of new French Oak. An initial impression of rich, buttery cream quickly turns to aromas of honey and lightly toasted almonds, followed quickly by tropical aromas of pineapple, citrusy lemon and Crème Brûlée. The wine is refreshing on the palate, with a minerality that is both bright and clean, seductively drawing you into a vibrant tartness and lemon zest that is absolutely, positively Bonterra Chardonnay.
Organic status: organic
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