Neyers El Novillero Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from Carneros, California

$44.99
Item No. 108585
  • white wine
  • boutique wine
  • RP94
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
  • W&S94
  • 1998
  • WS90

Winemaker's Notes

In the late 1980's, sisters Nancy and Sandy Donnell teamed up with the Sangiacomo family to develop this striking vineyard in the western hills of the Carneros District. The soil here is clay-loam, but with a mix of gravel and basalt. The vineyard sits on a hillside that resembles a natural amphitheater, opening to the southeast and the cooling breezes of the San Francisco Bay. It's a rare spot -- one where the soil, the elevation and the climate are all ideal for Chardonnay grapes. Together they produce fruit of the highest possible quality under near-perfect conditions. The wine is amply aromatic, crisp and round just where it needs to be, and beautifully flavored. Just as Michael Pollan in Second Nature refers to a garden as the caretaker's 'autograph', we think of this bottling of Chardonnay as the ultimate representation of ourselves, and what we aspire to as vintners.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2009 Chardonnay El Novillero Vineyard reminds me of some of the glory days of Louis Latour's Corton-Charlemagne. Smoky bacon fat, poached pear, honeysuckle, peach and earth all combine in a full-bodied, minerally, yet authoritatively flavored Chardonnay that is part California and seemingly part French. This beauty, from a cool-climate vineyard, is just that loaded. Drink it over the next 5-6 years. "
94 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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Winemaker's Notes El Novillero is a dramatic parcel in the western most hills of the Carneros AVA. At 500 feet ...
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