Bonterra Organically Grown Chardonnay 2003

Chardonnay from California

Item No. 78370
  • white wine
  • Green wine
  • WE90
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2006
  • WE89
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Winemaker's Notes

Strange, weird and wonderful capture the roller coaster of the 2003 growing season. It started early, stayed late, and along the way brought upside down weather patterns that found days warm when they should be cool, and cool when they should be warm. Bud break for Chardonnay began to creep out in the warmest hillsides in February following an exceptionally mild winter. We had rain and cold in April, warm May days, showers in June and thunderstorms in July. Go figure. While we worried about rain during harvest, we found instead a beautiful Indian Summer that let grapes hang and develop full flavors, with higher acids that lead to this vintage having a bright, crisp showing that should be very pleasing. Flavors were even more concentrated as most vineyards found yields for Chardonnay 20-30% below average, allowing vines to concentrate energy in the fruit. Judicious shoot thinning and the careful eye that comes with organic farming led, in the end, to one of the most memorable vintages of the new century so far.

Our style continues to evolve toward a more international benchmark, with fruit forward expressions characterized by a lighter touch of oak. It's new style Chardonnay, which captures the best of the vintage. Classic Mendocino aromas of crisp green apples are followed with hints of toasty oak spice. The Dijon clone offers up definitive baked apple notes, with a touch of vanilla. Rounding out first impressions are lemony citrus tones that add complexity and brightness to the wine. Once in the mouth, you'll find this Chardonnay to be well balanced, with the higher acids predominant in this vintage providing a solid backbone. A creamy mid-palate gives way to a slightly caramelized flavor leading to an extended, lingering, bright fruit finish. It's a multi-dimensional wine made more flavorful by the wonderful organic fruit we're privileged to farm.

We honor the land by farming organically, creating rich soils that provide healthy vines the opportunity to deliver wonderfully flavorful fruit. With every sip of Bonterra wine, you can taste our natural commitment. There's no other way to fully capture the expression of our Mendocino terroir.
David Koball, Vineyard Manager

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Bonterra wines are a natural expression of the unique climate and soil of the Mendocino coast. The name Bonterra means good earth. All of their wines are nurtured from organically grown grapes. Bonterra relishes the re-discovery of age-old traditions of viticulture, working in harmony with Nature, to create wines with pure, concentrated flavors. THE BONTERRA PHILOSOPHY We honor...

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California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label: Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to...

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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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