Neyers Carneros Chardonnay 2008

Chardonnay from Carneros, California

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Item No. 99813
  • white wine
  • WS91
  • RP90
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2000
  • WS92
  • ST91
  • W&S90
  • 1999
  • WS90
  • 1998
  • WS91
  • RP90
  • 1997
  • WS92
  • RP89
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Winemaker's Notes

There's no great secret about what we do with Chardonnay at Neyers Vineyards: we rely on traditional French winemaking practices that in most instances have been in use for over a century. The fruit is completely protected from vine to winery. Although machines are increasingly used in the industry, our grapes are hand harvested. They are delivered to the winery only in the morning when temperatures are cooler. They are transported in small bins that hold only 1000 pounds. The juice is gently pressed from the grapes and transferred by air pump to our French oak barrels, which are custom-made from three-year-air-dried wood. The primary and secondary fermentations occur naturally, using native micro-flora found on the grape skins. The wine is removed from the barrels a year later for the first and only time, when we bottle.

This year's Carneros District Chardonnay looks to extend our successful run. The fruit used here is from vineyards owned and farmed by the Sangiacomo, Donnell, Yamakawa and Schrem families. The soils are all a combination of clay and loam. The wine is characterized by its exotic tropical fruit aromas and luscious, round flavors. There's a white peach component in the aftertaste, and the finish includes a touch of grilled bread. Delicious!

Critical Acclaim

"Complex and layered, offering a full-bodied mix of toasty vanilla oak, ripe pear and fig, with touches of floral and spice. Ends with a complex finish. Drink now through 2012. 5,600 cases made."
91 Points

"One of his biggest production offerings (as well as one of his best) in his current portfolio is the 2008 Chardonnay Carneros (5,500 cases produced). Only 30% new oak is used in this cuvee-s upbringing, resulting in a wine that showcases California-s beautiful tropical fruit intermixed with white peaches, brioche, honeysuckle, and citrus oil. Drink this fresh, medium to full-bodied, delicious, seductive Chardonnay over the next 2-3 years. "
90 Points

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Begun in 1992 by Bruce and Barbara Neyers and their winemaking partner, Ehren Jordan, Neyers Vineyards produces 15,000 cases of wine annually. They rely primarily on Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the Neyers' 50-acre Conn Valley ranch farmed by Hugo and Lupe Maldonado. Additioanl grapes are purchased from a select group of growers, several of which are...

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Learn About Carneros

Technically a part of Napa Valley, the Carneros region straddles both Sonoma & Napa counties. It's the Napa region closest to the San Francisco peninsula and the San Pablo Bay, which is instrumental in controlling the climate of the area. The winds from the San Pablo bay create a cool weather pattern ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Notable Facts Both Chardonnay...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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