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Date Printed: 11/26/2014
Gainey Chardonnay 2005
Gainey Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 92851)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Gainey's Evan's Ranch Vineyard, planted in the cool Santa Rita Hills appellation in 1997, has reached its stride and is now consistently producing distinctive, high quality grapes, creating a distinctive house style for Gainey Chardonnay.

The 2005 vintage produced some outstanding wines, and the 2005 Chardonnay is one of them. Its fascinating nose reveals lovely poached pear and baked apple aromas enhanced by creamy vanilla, marzipan, and buttered popcorn scents, with hints of gardenia, tea rose, kaffir lime and toasted oak adding intrigue and complexity.

On the palate, the wine boasts a creamy, mouth-coating texture with exuberant green apple and lemon rind flavors gaining further interest from subtle peanut brittle and mineral notes, while balanced acidity keeps the whole package fresh and lively.

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About The Gainey Vineyard:

In 1962, Daniel C. and son Daniel J. Gainey purchased an 1,800 acre ranch on the eastern end of the Santa Ynez Valley. The Gainey Ranch, a combination of cattle, farming, and Arabian horse breeding, became the largest diversified ranching operation in the valley.

Dan J. Gainey retired in 1984 to devote himself to fulfilling his dream of making wine. In 1983, he planted 51 acres of vineyards on the northern boundary of the Gainey Ranch and in November of 1984 the 12,000 square foot Spanish-style winery opened its doors to visitors. Soon after, Dan H. Gainey joined his father and together the father-son team have set out to produce premium, hand-crafted wines made from the best vineyards in Santa Barbara County.

With over 40 years of farming experience behind them, the Gaineys have a connection to the land that few vintners may share. Since the original vineyard planting in 1983, the Gaineys have added 32 acres to their "Home" Ranch, which is primarily planted to the Bordeaux varietals Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In 1996, they purchased 120 acres on the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley, a cooler growing region more suitable for Burgundian varietals. In 1997, they planted 35 acres at this "Santa Rosa Hills" Ranch to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, with plans for further plantings in the years ahead.